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Distance calculus students’ understanding of derivative

, , , Stony Brook University, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-48-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


In distance college level calculus courses using the new math-oriented tools supporting formulas, diagrams and graphs for two-way communication, how do how students' understanding of derivative compare with their face-to-face counterparts? Several new web-based environments provide tools to create formulas, math notation, diagrams, and graphs and to communicate with these between instructor-student and student-student. This study evaluated students' understanding of difficult concepts such as derivative within a prototype calculus course, delivered over the web, using a mathematics-oriented e-learning environment.


Smith, G., Ferguson, D. & Gupta, S. (2003). Distance calculus students’ understanding of derivative. In D. Lassner & C. McNaught (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2003--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 215-220). Honolulu, Hawaii, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 26, 2020 from .



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