Mathematics – Activities


For details on specific courses, see the courses page
In 2008-2009 our projects were concentrated in two areas:
(1) Computing and computer labs in Math 152, Math 256 (Mech 221), Math 257/316, Math 253 (Mech 222), and Math 307. These courses had all recently introduced computing as an intrinsic part of the syllabus. The Math CWSEI helped in the creation of tutorials and lab materials, assisted in integrating the computational component into the course material and developing testing methods, and assessed the effectiveness of the computational component. (2) Math 180/184 workshops. The introduction of problem-solving workshops in all sections of Math 180 and Math 184 in 2008 brought new challenges in the course management and coordination. The Math CWSEI helped to assess the effectiveness of the program in such large, multi-section courses, and contributed to the development of effective program management strategies.

In 2009-2010 our focus was mainly in-depth assessment of student activities and engagement, improvements to course materials based on data collected in the previous year, and better coordination of workshops and labs with course lectures. The Math CWSEI also provided support for the development of a new computing module in Math 318. Development for work on Math 220, a course dedicated to proof skills, began in early 2010. Study and transformation of this course will be a multi-year project with tracking of skills to later courses.

In 2010, the Math CWSEI expanded to incorporate new, longer term projects, mostly involving tracking and improving key skills throughout the curriculum. Projects are now underway to assess and track proof skills, basic algebra skills, and student attitudes and perceptions of mathematics. The Math CWSEI also continues to support the implementation of effective teaching methods and use of classroom technologies (clickers, online homework, etc.).

Additional Undergraduate Program Activities

The Basic Skills Test: The Math CWSEI contributed to the revision of the Basic Skills Test, providing support for a statistical analysis of the test and developing a computer-based version of the test.
PDFPoster (April 2011): Basic Skills in Mathematics

Pre-Calculus Diagnostic: (2014-2016) Kseniya Garaschuk, working with Prof. Mark Maclean, developed a pre-calculus diagnostic assignment for all first-year students.

Guide for Instructor-in-charge: (2015-) Kseniya Garaschuk, working with Instructor Costanza Piccolo, developed a guide for the Instructor-in-charge of large courses with tips and recommendations on how to manage a multi-section course.