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Apkarian, Naneh; Kirin, Dana; Gehrtz, Jessica; Vroom, Kristen – PRIMUS, 2021

The Mathematical Association of America's "Precalculus to Calculus: Insights and Innovations Conference" brought together representatives of mathematics departments from across the country with members of two national research projects to share and discuss both research findings and on-the-ground concerns of faculty. In this article, we…

Descriptors: College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study, Mathematics Education, Conferences (Gatherings)

Mingus, Tabitha T. Y.; Koelling, Melinda – PRIMUS, 2021

Faced with students failing to complete Calculus 1 at rates of almost 50%, the Department of Mathematics at Western Michigan University addressed the lack of progression of STEM majors through this gateway course and, thus, through their intended majors. In this case study, we describe the four-year process of redesigning our single variable…

Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Calculus, Mathematics Achievement, Introductory Courses

Bennoun, Steve; Holm, Tara – PRIMUS, 2021

The Mathematics Department at Cornell University has recently secured a grant from the University to implement systemic change in how we teach courses that reach students at critical transition points in their mathematical development. In this article, we report on the changes made to our large multi-section first-semester calculus course in order…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Educational Change, Active Learning

Rahman, Zareen G.; Murray, Eileen; Golnabi, Amir H. – PRIMUS, 2021

Ongoing need for adjunct instructor support is a critical aspect for institutions to consider. Through research focused on full-time and part-time faculty job satisfaction, a number of practices for supporting faculty and improving job satisfaction have been suggested. In this article, we present an innovative model of instructor resources and…

Descriptors: Adjunct Faculty, Part Time Faculty, College Faculty, Job Satisfaction

Abbasian, Reza O.; Czuchry, Mike – PRIMUS, 2021

In this paper, we will introduce partial results from our 3-year NSF funded grant titled "Inverted and Active Learning Pedagogies (IALP) for Student Success." We will present our results comparing student achievement between inverted (flipped) classrooms and traditional lecture formats in statistics classes at Texas Lutheran University.…

Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Active Learning, Introductory Courses, Statistics Education

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

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

Heubach, Silvia; Krinsky, Sharona – PRIMUS, 2020

We report on a large-scale implementation of mastery-based grading in a General Education Introductory Statistics course at California State University Los Angeles. In Fall 2018, the course had 80 sections of approximately 30 students each and was taught by 37 instructors who ranged from long-time, experienced instructors to brand new teaching…

Descriptors: Grading, Scoring Rubrics, Mastery Learning, Curriculum Implementation

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

Koban, D.; Fukuzawa, M.; Slocum, R.; Fletcher, M.; Pleuss, J. – PRIMUS, 2020

We present an analysis on the differential effects of incentivizing homework in an introductory mathematics course at the United States Military Academy. We found that including homework as part of a student's overall course average (incentive) led to a significantly higher performance (achievement) on homework assignments. However, doing homework…

Descriptors: Homework, Correlation, Mathematics Achievement, Introductory Courses

Robinson, Samantha – PRIMUS, 2020

This quasi-experimental, pre-post study with non-equivalent comparison groups explores the potential for resequencing of course content to affect positive change in an undergraduate, introductory statistics course at a mid-sized, flagship university that is located in a southern state. Quantitative analyses suggest that the implementation of…

Descriptors: Sequential Approach, Instructional Effectiveness, Introductory Courses, Statistics

Das, Tushar; George, Whitney; Warnberg, Nathan – PRIMUS, 2020

Mathematics educators view the equals sign as a bidirectional relation symbol, but the authors have observed that students might not have such flexibility in their understanding of the equals sign. The authors have observed that students have a hard time viewing mathematical properties (for example, log (MN) = log (M) log (N)) with bidirectional…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Mathematical Concepts, Symbols (Mathematics), College Mathematics

Cline, K.; Fasteen, J.; Francis, A.; Sullivan, E.; Wendt, T. – PRIMUS, 2020

We have integrated computer programming instruction into the required courses of our mathematics major. Our majors take a sequence of four courses in their first 2 years, each of which is paired with a weekly 75-minute computer lab period that has a dual purpose of both computationally exploring the mathematical concepts from the lecture portion…

Descriptors: College Mathematics, Majors (Students), Programming, Teaching Methods

Sears, Ruthmae; Hopf, Frances; Torres-Ayala, Ana; Williams, Casey; Skryzpek, LesLaw – PRIMUS, 2019

We describe how faculty and staff used improvement science design Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycles and engaged in interdisciplinary conversations in an effort to improve students' performance in introductory mathematics courses. This initiative started with College Algebra a course with a large enrollment of students that had a high failure rate.…

Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Algebra

Isihara, Paul; Townsend, Edwin; Ndkezi, Richard; Tully, Kevin – PRIMUS, 2019

Responding to a call for national reform of mathematical education, as well as a college-wide revision of general education (GE) requirements, we describe a new entry-level, GE course focused on the humanitarian utility of mathematics. This includes a detailed overview of how we taught the course using a Humanitarian MATLAB Lab Manual developed…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Computer Software, Educational Change, Introductory Courses