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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
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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
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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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Radzimski, Vanessa; Leung, Fok-Shuen; Sargent, Pam; Prat, Alain – PRIMUS, 2021
We discuss an innovative course model used in first-year calculus courses at a large North American research university, which we refer to as the "Blended Model." We argue that our model takes the best features of lectures, flipped classrooms, and traditional recitations, and gathers them into a cohesive, robust structure that benefits…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Flipped Classroom, Calculus, Research Universities
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Bertrand, Elliott; McArdle, David T.; Thoma, Lubos; Wu, Li – PRIMUS, 2021
The percentage of college students receiving unproductive grades in introductory mathematics courses is a concern for post-secondary institutions across the country. Many factors can be targeted as potential explanations for this lack of success, yet none of these issues are more noteworthy than the fact that many students enter college…
Descriptors: College Students, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Mathematics Skills
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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
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Case, Joshua; Speer, Natasha – PRIMUS, 2021
In undergraduate mathematics, deductive reasoning plays important roles in teaching and learning various ideas, and is primarily characterized by the concept of logical implication. This comes up whenever conditional statements are applied, i.e., one checks if a statement's hypotheses are satisfied and then makes inferences. In calculus, students…
Descriptors: Calculus, Mathematics Instruction, Logical Thinking, Teaching Methods
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Moore-Russo, Deborah; Kornelson, Keri; Savic, Milos; Andrews, Candace – PRIMUS, 2021
In this case study, we use organizational development and change theory to look at how the University of Oklahoma (OU) has attended to the mathematical pathway leading to STEM fields. Using multiple sources of data, we are able to create an informative narrative that provides the particular context of the situation and in-depth picture of the…
Descriptors: Organizational Change, Organizational Development, College Mathematics, STEM Education
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Oliver, Jesús; Olkin, Julia – PRIMUS, 2021
This work outlines a model for creating momentum for active learning at the departmental level through a Community of Practice. This approach focuses on empowering members of the community by providing easy access to active learning tasks, pacing guide, and teaching tips for the course.
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Active Learning, College Mathematics, Teaching Methods
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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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Gruber, Sean; Rosca, Raluca I.; Chazan, Daniel; Fleming, Elizabeth; Balady, Steve; VanNetta, Catherine; Okoudjou, Kasso A. – PRIMUS, 2021
Addressed toward course coordinators and departmental leaders interested in redesigning an undergraduate mathematics course, we highlight the steps our team at the University of Maryland, College Park has taken in bringing active learning to our Precalculus course. We provide examples of ways in which we have coordinated active learning across…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Calculus
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Lange, Karin E.; Deiger, Megan; Bourque, Matthew; Tingley, Peter; Peters, Emily; Jordan, Laurie E.; Giaquinto, Anthony – PRIMUS, 2021
In the context of national collaborative efforts to increase the prevalence of active learning strategies in undergraduate precalculus and calculus classrooms, we discuss the context, strategy, and processes used at one university to create change within a mathematics department. We highlight the use of a unified active learning approach and the…
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Active Learning, Teaching Methods
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Ksir, Amy E.; Allman, Justin M.; Hetherington, Noble, III.; Selbach-Allen, Megan E.; Skipper, Daphne – PRIMUS, 2021
Over the past 10 years, the authors of this paper have implemented a series of project-based and inquiry-based learning initiatives in the calculus sequence at our institution. These initiatives took place in a department with an existing strong culture supporting teaching innovation and improvement. In this paper, we describe three initiatives in…
Descriptors: Calculus, Mathematics Instruction, Inquiry, Teaching Methods
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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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