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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

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

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

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

Fowler, Jim; Snapp, Bart; Johns, Carolyn; Andrews, Darry; Boros, Dan; Clemens, Herb; Ferdinand, Vic; Findell, Brad; Husen, Bill; Johnson, John H.; Lakos, Nela; Miller, Elizabeth; Ramsey, Bobby; Sheldon, Jenny; Talamo, Jim; Carlson, Tim – PRIMUS, 2021

An interactive open-source calculus textbook is compared to a popular commercial textbook. Structured as a non-inferiority study, use of the open-source textbook does not harm student outcomes, and there is evidence that the open-source textbook is better than the commercial textbook in promoting post-course enjoyment of mathematics and confidence…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Calculus, Textbooks

Harsy, Amanda; Carlson, Christina; Klamerus, Lauren – PRIMUS, 2021

Mastery-grading techniques such as mastery-based grading, specifications grading, and standards-based grading are assessment techniques professors are implementing in order to support a growth mindset of learning, decrease test anxiety, and help students develop a deeper understanding of course objectives. In this paper, we provide an analysis of…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mastery Tests, Grading, Student Evaluation

Henriksen, Mel – PRIMUS, 2021

Reflections are presented on the first time flipping of an introductory Ordinary Differential Equations course. Assessment results, student motivation, and student attitudes are compared between flipped and traditional learning pedagogies in this course over two terms at a small technical university in the northeast United States. Assessments and…

Descriptors: Reflection, Flipped Classroom, Calculus, Mathematics Instruction

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

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

Harsy, Amanda – PRIMUS, 2020

As educators, it is important for us to recognize that our assessment methods affect student attitudes. If we want students to learn from their mistakes and counteract a fixed-mindset of learning, perhaps we should look at what we incentivize in the classroom. Some professors are attempting to counteract math and test anxiety, poor STEM retention,…

Descriptors: Testing, Mastery Tests, Mastery Learning, Mathematics Instruction