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Munakata, Mika; Vaidya, Ashwin; Monahan, Ceire; Krupa, Erin – PRIMUS, 2021

This paper describes the development and implementation of course modules intended to encourage creative thinking in an undergraduate general education mathematics course. The modules were designed to address the characteristics of creativity outlined in the literature through explorations of mathematics relevant to non-mathematics majors. A…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Creative Thinking, Undergraduate Study, College Mathematics

Yurasovskaya, Ekaterina – PRIMUS, 2021

Service-learning provides a versatile pedagogical platform that can improve the academic performance of participating students and open space for a discussion of issues of social justice within a mathematics classroom. We describe our Precalculus course with a service-learning component, in which university students regularly tutor algebra…

Descriptors: Service Learning, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Social Justice

El Turkey, Houssein; Turki, Salam; Kottegoda, Yasanthi – PRIMUS, 2021

Many active learning practices highly depend on students' advance preparation for the class. However, reading Calculus can be a challenging task to students. We address this concern by assigning targeted pre-class readings in multiple Calculus courses. We report on our implementations, provide students' feedback, and discuss the lessons learned…

Descriptors: Reading Assignments, Calculus, Flipped Classroom, Mathematics Instruction

Rapke, Tina; Hall, Jennifer; Marynowski, Richelle – PRIMUS, 2021

We describe a method that instructors can use to grade tests and assignments that can be used in follow-up inquiry-based activities in class to review material. The grading process is essentially a sorting of student assignment/test responses based on the instructor's conception of what makes responses acceptable. The instructor can assign a grade…

Descriptors: Grading, Assignments, Tests, Inquiry

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

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

Bazett, Trefor; Clough, Crystal L. – PRIMUS, 2021

Our department has experienced a significant culture transformation in its approach to teaching. This change is primarily the result of sustained focus on reforming two heavily coordinated sequences, Applied Calculus and Calculus. Initially catalyzed by pilot projects introducing a flipped-class format to these courses, the reforms led to broader…

Descriptors: Coordination, Educational Change, College Mathematics, Departments

Pilgrim, Mary E.; Apkarian, Naneh; Milbourne, Hayley; O'Sullivan, Michael – PRIMUS, 2021

San Diego State University recently embarked on a major initiative to revitalize the Precalculus, Calculus 1, and Calculus 2 sequences. In addition to program features such as course coordination, a new active learning component led by graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) was added to each of the Precalculus, Calculus 1, and Calculus 2 courses, and…

Descriptors: College Mathematics, Calculus, Teaching Assistants, Active Learning

Hancock, Emilie; Franco, Lorraine; Bagley, Spencer; Karakok, Gulden – PRIMUS, 2021

As calculus instruction moves further from lecture-based instruction toward student-centered pedagogy, support services must align with the changing goals for the course. This paper describes the work of a department as they collectively design and redesign a co-requisite Calculus I course, in an effort to better promote students' academic and…

Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Calculus, Social Integration

Ellington, Roni; Barber, Janet; Tannouri, Ahlam; Syafrida, Syafrida; Nkwanta, Asamoah – PRIMUS, 2021

In this paper, we provide a report of preliminary findings of the Morgan State University (MSU) Student Engagement in Mathematics through an Institutional Network for Active Learning (SEMINAL) project and its focus on culturally responsive teaching (CRT) as an active learning framework for pre-calculus instruction. The paper concludes with a…

Descriptors: Calculus, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Culturally Relevant Education

Maciejewski, Wes – PRIMUS, 2021

What if your students could access "any" resource during a test? How would they react? How would "you" react? This paper presents some results from a trial of allowing students access to notes, calculators, and any device connected to the internet, which occurred during a midterm in a second-year ordinary differential equations…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Students, Mathematics Tests

McDowell, Eric L. – PRIMUS, 2021

This article chronicles the author's positive experience of conducting a liberal arts mathematics course with no testing whatsoever. The format of the course is discussed, and student responses to the format are summarized.

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Liberal Arts, College Mathematics, Mathematical Concepts

Lahme, Brigitte; Shott, Martha – PRIMUS, 2021

In 2011, Sonoma State University developed a STEM first-year experience (supported by NSF STEP grant 1068445) that combines general education requirements in mathematics, biology, and critical thinking. The mathematics content includes topics from precalculus and elementary statistics, with a particular focus on using functions and modeling with…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study, STEM Education

Hanusch, Sarah – PRIMUS, 2020

A summative portfolio is a project completed at the end of the semester that gives a student an opportunity to look at a course as a whole. This study investigates whether collegiate mathematics students gain a deeper understanding of course material through the portfolio project, via an analysis of the students' work, and a survey of students'…

Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Alternative Assessment, Portfolio Assessment, Summative Evaluation

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