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Bleiler-Baxter, Sarah K.; Hart, James B.; Wanner, Cecilia Anne – PRIMUS, 2021
An important step to achieving a sustainable department culture that encourages innovation in teaching is the alleviation of the isolation that teaching faculty experience. Decreasing this isolation should be accomplished in a manner that respects all instructors' classroom practices while simultaneously exposing faculty to new ideas. In this…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Observation, College Faculty
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Diamond, Kate; Kandola, Shelley; Weimerskirch, Mike – PRIMUS, 2021
Historically, math education at the high school and introductory college levels has focused on computational skills. With the advancement of computational technologies, problemsolving and other higher-order thinking skills should become the focal point. This article discusses ways in which the University of Minnesota has integrated problem-solving…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Skill Development, Active Learning, Calculus
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Vandenbussche, Jennifer; Ritter, Lake; Callahan, Kadian M.; Westlund, Erik E. – PRIMUS, 2021
In this article, the authors propose a department-level curricular committee structure, called Strand Committees, as a mechanism to facilitate oversight and enact significant change to policies and practices in specific courses. The primary goal of the Strand Committees is improving both student success and instruction while upholding a high…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, STEM Education, Educational Improvement, Educational Change
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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
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Faudree, Jill – PRIMUS, 2021
We describe how one department moved from skepticism to wide-spread embrace of coordinated Calculus I. Data played a crucial role in this process. Details of this journey, including successful strategies and missteps, may provide insight and perspective to other departments starting on, or immersed in, similar transformational adventures.
Descriptors: Calculus, College Mathematics, Departments, Data Use
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Dunnigan, Gerri; Halcrow, Cheryl – PRIMUS, 2021
We describe a project to restructure the way Applied Calculus is taught at our university to improve student success rates. Eliminating large lecture sections, re-evaluating the needs and expectations of our students, developing uniform course delivery and grading systems, incorporating active learning teaching methods, and focusing on conceptual…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Calculus, Teaching Methods
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Chamberlain, D.; Grady, A.; Keeran, S.; Knudson, K.; Manly, I.; Shabazz, M.; Stone, C.; York, A. – PRIMUS, 2021
In this note, we describe a large-scale transition to an active learning format in first-semester calculus at the University of Florida. Student performance and attitudes are compared across traditional lecture and flipped sections.
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Calculus, Active Learning, College Freshmen
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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
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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
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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
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Bulancea, Gabriela; Granfield, Patricia; Jauchen, Joanna; Love, Jack; Nelson, Mary; Sachs, Robert; Sausville, Catherine – PRIMUS, 2021
Our department is in the early stages of a multi-year effort to nurture a culture that values active learning. We focus on the change process, including specific, pragmatic ideas from the literature on grassroots leadership and systemic change. We briefly review Wenger's work on cultivating communities of practice and use Wenger's evaluation of…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Active Learning, Calculus
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Adiredja, Aditya P. – PRIMUS, 2021
The complexity in understanding the [epsilon-delta] definition has motivated research into the teaching and learning of the topic. In this paper I share my design of an instructional analogy called the Pancake Story and four different questions to explore the logical relationship between [epsilon] and [delta] that structures the definition. I…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Teaching Methods, Calculus
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Petrilli, Salvatore J., Jr. – PRIMUS, 2021
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Adelphi University engaged in a year-long program revision of its mathematics major, which was initiated by a longitudinal study and the publication of the 2015 Curriculum Guide by the MAA's Committee on Undergraduate Programs in Mathematics. This paper stands as a short story, so to speak, of…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study, Mathematical Logic
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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
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Nievergelt, Yves – PRIMUS, 2021
Answering a call by the "Common Vision" for instructional material to "establish stronger connections with other disciplines" and "work with professional-level technology tools," the present article shows how various aspects of fitting circles to data fit in existing courses from basic calculus to advanced calculus.
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Calculus, Undergraduate Study
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