Course  Learning goals  New Assessments  Improved Methods 

MATH 101: Integral Calculus with Applications to Physical Science and Engineering (Jan ’12  Apr ’12) Faculty: Rajiv Gupta STLF: Costanza Piccolo, Alain Prat Poster (CWSEI EOY 2013): WeBWorK: An effective online tool for assessment in mathematics 
No revision 
Inclass short diagnostic Test on basic differential calculus skills Weekly common homework assignments Study skills survey 
Online homework using WeBWorK 
MATH 102: Differential Calculus with applications to Life Sciences (20122015) Faculty: Eric Cytrynbaum, Leah Keshet STLF: Kseniya Garaschuk, Wes Maciejewski, Sandra Merchant, Costanza Piccolo Poster (UBC Science Ed Open House 2016): Feasibility and effectiveness of group exams in mathematics courses 
Courselevel and topiclevel goals are complete 
Online basics math skills diagnostic Prelecture assignments Weekly common homework assignments Midterm & Endofterm survey Classroom observations Survey on spreadsheet labs and associated WeBWorK problems 
Online homework using WeBWorK Spreadsheet labs converted to Excel and WeBWorK Prelecture videos, pencasts and assignments, and interactive teaching methods in class using clickers 
MATH 104/184: Differential Calculus with applications to Social Sciences and Commerce (Jan ’10  Dec ’14 Faculty: Mark MacLean (’10’11), Sujatha Ramdorai (’12), C. Lee (postdoc) STLF: Warren Code (’10’12), Wes Maciejewski (’14) TAs: M. Raggi (’10), L. Robson (’11) Poster (CWSEI EOY 2013): MAPS: Math Attitude and Perceptions Survey (developed by STLFS Warren Code, Joseph Lo, & Sandra Merchant) Poster (CWSEI EOY 2013): Teaching Methods Comparison in a Large Introductory Calculus Class Paper: Teaching Methods Comparison in a Large Introductory Calculus Class, Warren Code, Costanza Piccolo, David Kohler, & Mark MacLean, ZDM, Vol. 46(4), pp. 589–601 (2014) 
Courselevel goals: second draft complete
Topiclevel goals: second draft complete and incorporated into weekly “learning guides” for instructors with specific textbook examples for each goal. 
All sections:

All sections:
Developed inclass activities and clicker questions. Methods Comparison (’11): Structured class notes, lesson plans, clicker questions and prereading assignments for the Related Rates and Linear Approximation weeks, with evidence of better conceptual learning over more traditional instruction. Ramdorai’s section (’12): Worksheets for almost all current course topics, some clicker questions to support, used in final 20 minutes of each 80minute class period. Lee’s sections (’14): Assignments and quizzes to promote learning multiple differentiation approaches and flexibility in applying them 
MATH 180/184: Differential Calculus (Workshop component) (Sept ’08  Fall ’11) Faculty: Rajiv Gupta, Albert Chau, Richard Anstee STLF: Costanza Piccolo (’08’10), Warren Code (’11) TA: V. Kapoor, R. Schwarz, A. Zaman Poster (CWSEI EOY 2009): The Basic Skills Test in Mathematics Poster (CWSEI EOY 2010): First Year Calculus Workshops click here to view Math 180 course materials click here to view Math 184 course materials 
Courselevel goals: complete Workshop goals: complete 
Midterm and endofterm surveys on workshop activities and student attitudes. Weekly quizzes Class observations 
Workshops 112 complete: added workshoplevel learning goals and list of required basic skills; created new problems with coursespecific applications; created activities to promote metacognition, developed problem solving strategies. Program Structure and Management: Expanded the administrative structure and TA training; developed problem database (with Skylight support) to ease weekly production of workshop material. 
MATH 110: Differential Calculus (20102015) Faculty: FokShuen Leung, Costanza Piccolo STLF: Joseph Lo (’10’12), Warren Code (’12  ’13), K. Garaschuk (’14) Poster (CWSEI EOY 2012): Precalculus Skills Poster (CWSEI EOY 2012): What Might Affect Student Performance in a Math Course? Poster (UBC Science Ed Open House 2015): Using prompted selfexplanations in firstyear calculus 
Courselevel goals: complete Workshop goals: complete 
Diagnostic Test on Basic Skills Attitude and study habit survey Midterm class and workshop surveys Class observations of workshops and lectures Focus groups and surveys on use of textbooks (’12 and ’13) Survey of student perceptions of learning gains (’14) Student interviews after lectures to monitor difficulties and effectiveness of class activities (’14) 
New workshop format developed to address low student engagement in workshop activities. Online homework assignments used in all sections. Archiving of course material for future use. Weekly remedial work on basic skills. Use of existing free online text, with collection of supporting web materials (’12’13) Clicker questions and selfexplanation group worksheets (’14) 
MATH 121: Honours Integral Calculus (Jan ’15 start) Faculty: YoungHeon Kim STLF: Kseniya Garaschuk 
No revision  Expanded and improved weekly homework on WeBWorK  
MATH 152: Linear Systems (Computer Labs component) (Sept ’08 – 2010) Faculty: Brian Wetton STLF: Warren Code (’09’10), Costanza Piccolo (’08’09) TA: A. Lindsay Poster (CWSEI EOY 2011): Redesign of Computer Labs for Engineering Students in a Linear Algebra Course click here to view course materials 
Courselevel goals: complete Topiclevel goals: complete 
Endofterm lab surveys Pre/posttests on Matlab syntax and basic programming structures. Pre/posttests on translation of word problems into linear systems. Lab observations and TA interviews to determine student difficulties and completion rates. 
Labs rewritten to tie in more closely with the course material, and revised after a full term of use. Paperbased homework, midterm exam and final exam questions developed to test/practice Matlab syntax and basic programming structures. Lecture notes revised to include Matlab material. 
MATH 200: Calculus III
(Sept ’12  Dec ’13) Faculty: Julia Gordon STLF: Joseph Lo 
No revision  Diagnostic test on firstyear calculus materials Midterm and endofterm surveys on online homework, inclass activities and supplementary materials 
Inclass activities were developed 3D graphics were produced for use in class and interactive supplementary materials on UBC Blog 
MATH 210: Introduction to Mathematical Computing (Sept ’11 – Dec ’13) Faculty: Dominik Schoetzau STLF: Joseph Lo 
Topiclevel goals: complete and revised  Diagnostic test on series and first year calculus Computerbased exams Student survey Class and lab observations 
Course curriculum has been substantially changed. All standard course materials (course outline, lecture notes, assignments and exams) have been redeveloped. Inclass computerbased activities developed. 
MATH 215/255: Elementary Differential Equations I (Sept  Dec ’13) Faculty: Faculty: Stephen Gustafson STLF: Joseph Lo 
No revision  Weekly common online homework assignments  Online homework using WeBWorK 
MATH 220: Mathematical Proof (March ’10  Aug ’14) Faculty: Andrew Rechnitzer STLF: Katya Yurasovskaya (July ’11 Aug ’12), Sandra Merchant (’10’14) Poster (CWSEI EOY 2011): Assessing Basic Skills for Mathematical Proof Poster (CWSEI EOY 2012): Workshops and the First Course in Mathematical Proof Poster (CWSEI EOY 2013): Development and Analysis of a Basic Proof Skills Test click here to view course materials 
Course level and topic level goals are complete  Basic proof skills diagnostic pre/post test Midterm and endofterm surveys Student interviews after lectures to monitor difficulties and effectiveness of class activities. Student problemsolving interviews to assess learning and retention of proof skills Short inclass individual and group quizzes 
Small group problemsolving sessions (“workshops”) were created and comprise approximately 25% of lecture time. Course syllabus and textbook have been standardized from termtoterm. Prelecture quizzes, daily group worksheets, and clicker questions 
MATH 221: Matrix Algebra (Sept ’12 – Dec ’13, Sep – Dec ’15) Faculty: Zinovy Reichstein, Daniel Coombs STLF: Joseph Lo, Kseniya Garaschuk Poster (UBC Science Ed Open House 2016): Feasibility and effectiveness of group exams in mathematics courses 
No revision  Weekly common online homework assignments and practice tests Midterm and endofterm surveys on online homework Surveys on group exams 
Online homework using WeBWorK Group exams 
MATH 230/335: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers (June ’11 – April ’12) Faculty: Stephanie van Willigenburg, John MacDonald STLF: Katya Yurasovskaya Poster (CWSEI EOY 2012): Math Course for Future Elementary Teachers at UBC 
Courselevel goals: complete Topiclevel goals: complete Comments by instructor added as a teaching aid for future instructors. 
Diagnostic pre/post test, which also includes surveytype questions on student career plans and attitudes/beliefs regarding mathematics.  A list of study tips for students specific to the course and the audience. A set of study skills and tips relevant to future teachers of elementary educations students. A website with resources and useful links has been put together for future departmental use. 
Math 253 (Mech 222): Multivariable Calculus (Computer Labs component) (Sept ’08 – April ’12) Faculty: Philip Loewen STLF: Warren Code TA: M. Willoughby, W. Thompson Poster (CWSEI EOY 2011): How do novices spend time programming in MATLAB? click here to view course materials 
Goals incorporated into weekly learning guides and lab documents. Substantial detail added in the second year.  Weekly surveys of student completion rates and attitudes. Lab observations and TA interviews to determine most significant student difficulties. Automated student session logging to measure time spent on various tasks and frequency of common syntax errors (improved from trial run in Math 256). Prelab quiz late in the term to track basic skills and measure interpretation of MATLAB code. 
Labs have been updated to tie in more closely with the course material, and have been further revised based on data from the first implementation with evidence of more collaboration, higher completion rates and more positive student attitudes due to the revisions. MATLAB resource web page developed for student reference, especially for those with weaker backgrounds. 
Math 253: Multivariable calculus (Fall 2012) Faculty: Jim Bryan STLF: Costanza Piccolo 
No revision  Weekly common homework assignments  Online homework using WeBWorK 
Math 256: Differential Equations (Jan ’15 start) Faculty: Eric Cytrynbaum STLF: Sandra Merchant 
No revision  Prelecture assignments Weekly surveys in WeBWorK for student feedback on prelecture resources 
Prelecture videos, readings and associated assignments, coupled with clickers and active learning activities in lectures. 
Math 256 (Mech 221): Differential Equations (Computer Labs component) (Sept ’08 – 2010)) Faculty: Brian Wetton STLF: Warren Code (’10’12), Paul Ottaway (SeptDec ’09), Costanza Piccolo (’08’09) TA: W. Thompson Poster (CWSEI EOY 2011): How do novices spend time programming in MATLAB? click here to view course materials 
Learning goals: complete  Lab observations and TA interviews to determine most significant student difficulties.
End of term student attitude surveys. Trial run of automated student session logging to measure time spent on various tasks and frequency of common syntax errors. 
New labs have been developed and revised based on feedback from the first two offering. Matlab demonstrations have been used in lectures. Targeted questions have been designed for the final exams and used to assess learning in the lab sessions. MATLAB resource web page developed for student reference, especially for those with weaker backgrounds. 
Math 257/316: Partial Differential Equations (Computer Labs component) (Sept ’08 – Fall ’11, Spring ’15) Faculty: Anthony Peirce STLF: Costanza Piccolo, Kseniya Garaschuk TA: G. de Oliveira click here to view course materials 
Topiclevel goals: complete  Student survey about attitudes towards the use of spreadsheets and the learning of numerical methods in the course Diagnostic test on infinite series 
Coursespecific, online Excel tutorials are completed; sets of homework assignments, inclass demos using spreadsheets, and a Powerpoint presentation on numerical methods have been developed. 
MATH 264: Vector Calculus for Electrical Engineering (Spring 2012) Faculty: Ozgur Yilmaz STLF: Costanza Piccolo 
No revision  Classroom observation Midterm student survey 
This is a new course, all materials were developed from scratch. 
Math 305: Applied Complex Analysis (Sept ’10 – April ’12) Faculty: Michael Ward STLF: Joseph Lo TA: P. Bell 
Topiclevel goals: complete  Diagnostic assignment on series Endofterm survey Analysis of grades and comparison between students in Math 300 and 305 based on their enrollment programs 
This is a newlydeveloped course. All standard course material (course outline, lecture notes, assignments, and exams) has been developed from scratch. 
Math 307: Applied Linear Algebra (Computer Labs component) (Sept ’08 – Fall ’11) Faculty: Richard Froese STLF: Costanza Piccolo TA: A. Raghoonundun click here to view course materials 
Courselevel goal: revision is completed
Topiclevel goals: revision is completed 
Student surveys Prereading/diagnostic quizzes Special homework assignments with extensive use of Matlab 
Lecture Notes have been updated extensively. Matlab/Octave resource page has been developed. Basic Matlab/Octave tutorials have been developed, including a set of practice problems on basic syntax and programming. 
MATH 318: Probability with Physical Applications (Computerbased component) (Jan ’10 – Fall ’11) Faculty: Gordon Slade Postdoc: Richard Liang 
Courselevel goals: complete
Topiclevel goals: complete 
Tracked scores on computerbased homework exercises and exam questions.
Midsemester and endofsemester attitude surveys 
Octave/Matlabbased questions drafted for each of the homework assignments, as well as to each of the two midterms and the final exam.
Octave resource webpage constructed (based on the Math 307 resource page) to assist the students in getting started with using Octave. 
MATH 342: Algebra, Coding Theory and Cryptography (Jan ’14 start) Faculty: Brian Marcus STLF: Sandra Merchant 
No revision  Proof concept test (second draft) on specific proof skills  Proof skills review exercise (run as a 2stage individual/group test) at start of course 
MATH 358: Engineering Analysis (Jan ’12 – Dec ’12) Faculty: Bud Homsy STLF: Warren Code TA: I. Karimfazli 
New course; topics only finalized during term  Computer lab observations Pair of student surveys: after second and after final computer lab 
Matlab activities for biweekly labs (5 total for the term) which build on paperbased assignments, all developed for this new course. Labs revised based on student feedback. 
MATH 360: Mathematical Modeling in Science (Jan ’10 – April ’12) Faculty: Michael Doebeli STLF: Costanza Piccolo (’11’12), Sandra Merchant (’10’11) 
Courselevel goals: complete  Computerbased exams Midterm student survey Class observations Student focus group 
Matlabbased inclass activities were developed for weekly labs 