Integration of Digital Technology and Innovative Strategies for Learning and Teaching Large Classes: A Calculus Case Study
Kuppalapalle Vajravelu, Tammy Muhs
IJRES Volume 2, Number 2,
Successful science and engineering programs require proficiency and dynamics in mathematics classes to enhance the learning of complex subject matter with a sufficient amount of practical problem solving. Improving student performance and retention in mathematics classes requires inventive approaches. At the University of Central Florida (UCF) the Department of Mathematics developed an innovative teaching method that incorporated computers and MyLabsPlus software with application sessions in large calculus classes. Introduction of new technology, in-class problem solving and application (or discussion) sessions are important factors in the enhancement of students' deep understanding of mathematics. We will detail various components of the course (daily online homework sets, online skills tests, application sessions and projects with Teaching Assistants, in-class tests, and comprehensive final exam) and discuss how we obtained optimal results enhancing the traditional teaching techniques. The instructional delivery involves group work combined with the use of computer technology to analyze the relationship between the physical problems and the mathematical models. We hope that the details of our experiences and the lessons we learned along the way will be helpful to others who are struggling with the same issues. Furthermore, this technique can be used to teach large classes not only in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines but also in social sciences.
Vajravelu, K. & Muhs, T. (2016). Integration of Digital Technology and Innovative Strategies for Learning and Teaching Large Classes: A Calculus Case Study. International Journal of Research in Education and Science, 2(2), 379-395. Retrieved March 25, 2023 from https://www.learntechlib.org/p/193345/.
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