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Johns, Carolyn; Mills, Melissa – PRIMUS, 2021
During the Spring 2020 semester, universities transitioned to online instruction to slow the spread of COVID-19. During this time, mathematics support/tutoring centers also moved their services online. We discuss best practices for online tutoring from the literature and the shared experiences of 28 tutoring center leaders who transitioned to…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Online Courses, Distance Education
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Osborne, Jason M.; Cook, William; Bossé, Michael J. – PRIMUS, 2021
In this paper we introduce the reader to a foundational topic of differential geometry: the curvature of a curve. To make this topic engaging to a wide audience of readers, we develop this intuitive introduction employing only basic geometry without calculus and derivatives. It is hoped that this introduction will encourage many more to both…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Geometry, Geometric Concepts, High Schools
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McClendon, David M.; Weller, Kirk; Trouba, Jerome; Brigance, Sandra; Dekker, Michael – PRIMUS, 2021
In this paper, we describe the evolution of calculus instruction at a mid-sized, career-oriented, comprehensive public university. Changes in practice, that began with a single faculty member implementing technology as a tool for student inquiry, have spread to other department faculty via support from an internal grant, workshops, and the use of…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Educational Change, Calculus
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Miller, E.; Fowler, J.; Johns, C.; Johnson, J., Jr.; Ramsey, B.; Snapp, B. – PRIMUS, 2021
We discuss a decade of initiatives to improve the teaching and learning of calculus at The Ohio State University. Calculus at OSU is taught in lecture/recitation format with large lectures and is tightly coordinated, so all innovations had to occur within that framework. We show how many smaller projects built upon one another to create a larger…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Calculus, College Mathematics, Active Learning
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Krause, Andrew J.; Maccombs, Ryan J.; Wong, Willie W. Y. – PRIMUS, 2021
Our traditional model of calculus instruction at a large public research university emphasized factual knowledge and procedural fluency with few realistic applications, leaving a chasm between classroom mathematics and disciplinary practice. Amid an ongoing effort by our department to improve undergraduate learning outcomes, we replaced…
Descriptors: Calculus, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study
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Cline, Kelly; Huckaby, David A. – PRIMUS, 2021
We recorded the percentage of students voting on each option on every clicker question used in 19 introductory statistics classes. To identify the questions that provide the most useful feedback, we looked for those for which the percentage of students voting correctly varied the most from class to class, producing the largest standard deviations.…
Descriptors: Audience Response Systems, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Statistics
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Bossé, Michael J.; Cook, William J.; Castonguay, Joseph M. – PRIMUS, 2020
Following a line of inquiry regarding the exact number of real roots of a real polynomial, this investigation considers: Descartes' Rule of Signs, the Budan-Fourier Theorem, and versions of Sturm's Method in contrast with the approximate root count gleaned from graphing utilities. Online applets are provided to allow the reader to freely…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Concept Formation, Educational Technology
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Bagley, Spencer – PRIMUS, 2020
The flipped classroom model interchanges the roles of in-class and out-of-class time to allow students more time to engage with cognitively demanding tasks when expert help from their instructor is more available. An extensive body of literature supports the effectiveness of this model. In contrast, I present a case study of a less-successful…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Homework, Video Technology
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Le, Phong – PRIMUS, 2020
Local community organizations with data and statistical needs provide beneficial authenticity and context in the classroom. Students can provide creative, broad perspectives to problems and issues relevant to those organizations. This paper describes characteristics of mutually beneficial relationships between classes and community partners.…
Descriptors: Statistics, Partnerships in Education, School Community Relationship, Low Income Groups
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Gordon, Sheldon P.; Gordon, Florence S. – PRIMUS, 2020
This article illustrates ways that dynamic software using some sophisticated techniques in Excel can be used to demonstrate fundamental ideas related to hypothesis testing to increase student understanding of the concepts and methods in elementary statistics courses. The article considers hypothesis tests for the population mean with large or…
Descriptors: Hypothesis Testing, Computer Software, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Eklund, Holly – PRIMUS, 2020
The purpose of this paper is to explain a newly implemented interactive delivery model for students at the Colorado School of Mines (Mines) repeating Calculus for Scientists & Engineers I during the spring of 2017. Since calculus is a necessary component for so many STEM degrees, it will continue to be a gateway to obtaining such degrees and…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Delivery Systems, Calculus, Scientists
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Krouss, Paul; Lesseig, Kristin – PRIMUS, 2020
Introductory and remedial courses in college mathematics often serve as a gateway to student success. However, these university courses have seen little innovation despite historically low success rates. We sought to address deficits of the traditional lecture model and enhance student learning in an introductory college algebra course through the…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Homework, Video Technology
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Ackerman, Michael; Fenton, William E.; Raymond, Anne M. – PRIMUS, 2020
A Mathematics Department Chair plays many roles within the department and within the university as a whole. Facilitating the development and teaching of mathematics services courses requires working with mathematics faculty as well as members of other departments on campus. In this paper, we discuss many issues related to the Department Chair's…
Descriptors: Department Heads, Administrator Role, Mathematics Instruction, Course Content
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Klima, V. – PRIMUS, 2019
As teachers of mathematics we encourage our students to ask good questions, and we strive to help our students find and understand answers to these questions. This journey can be made more meaningful if students conclude by reflecting on their learning process. If we find careful questioning and reflection important, we should include such…
Descriptors: Homework, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Color
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Dunmyre, Justin R. – PRIMUS, 2019
In this paper, I present a homework system that supports a flipped classroom environment using only a textbook for students' first contact with the material. Motivated by David Pengelley's homework system, each unit of material has four key components: Core Assignments, Conceptual Assignments, In-class Worksheets, and Follow-up Assignments. The…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Homework, Video Technology
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