The JOMA Applet Project: Applet Support for the Undergraduate Mathematics Curriculum

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Timeline

Year 1: January, 2000
Contact possible interested faculty at Annual AMS/MAA meeting, explain project, and line up possible curriculum teams, search teams, review teams..
Meeting of Advisory Board to set goals and directions, and suggest personnel.
Focus group for each user service, discussions summarized and posted.
PI and JOMA appoint JOMA Applets Editor.
Forum staff and JOMA work on setting up the user interface and the infrastructure.
Advertise the project through articles in MAA Focus, AMS Notices, and various electronic newsgroups, solicit developers to submit their materials and faculty to contact us if interested in being involved in the project as reviewer, searcher, or curriculum organizer.
Forum programmers start work on infrastructure.
February, 2000
Forum staff, JOMA, Applets Editor, evaluation team work on setting up the user interface and the infrastructure.
PI, JOMA, Applets Editor choose 12 faculty for curriculum contents teams, 4 search teams of 1 faculty and 3-5 students.
March, 2000
Curriculum content teams work toward making the table of contents for pre-calculus, calculus, and elementary statistics. Begin working by email and finalize a draft at the July MAA MathFest.
April, May, 2000
Firm up membership in various groups, plan and organize summer workshops and activities.
Focus group for each user service, discussions summarized and posted.
June, 2000
Teams begin searching out mathematical applets and teaching units, using the curriculum drafts to focus work.
Testing group works with the Forum staff to develop the testing suite in the first part of the summer, and test it on "yeses" fed to it by the searching groups. Refine their methods so that they can deal with the reviewed material in late August and during the academic year.
Hold workshop for other SMETE groups involved in the Digital library Initiative.
August, 2000
Hold two reviewing workshops, one devoted primarily to the pre-calculus and calculus curricula, the other will first focus on elementary statistics.
Reviewers write survey papers describing applets and teaching units available by course.
Negotiations begin with applet authors regarding storage of applets work as source code or at least class files on our server and, as necessary, with institutions over intellectual property rights.
Fall, 2000
Standard JOMA reviewing process begins for applets and teaching units, under the aegis of the Applets editor.
Focus group for each user service, discussions summarized and posted.
Interview faculty, students, and developers for baseline data; discussions summarized and posted.
Mount an initial version of the digital library.
Test initial version with users.
Revise user interfaces to optimize value and convenience.
Year 2: January 2001 - December 2001
AMS/MAA Annual Meeting January, 2001
Demonstrations and serious publicity.
Begin searching for reviewers, curriculum outliners, search teams.
Bring together members of JOMA and the applet project wing for a brief meeting after AMS/MAA annual meeting.
January -- February, 2001
Board of advisors meets to asses infrastructure and progress and suggest changes.
Focus group for each user service, discussions summarized and posted.
Revise initial publication and refine publication procedures and schedule announcements of digital library in journals and newsgroups.
March -- May, 2001
Construct generic course outlines for linear algebra, several variable calculus, differential equations, discrete mathematics, number theory, and geometry, to be refined at the summer meetings.
Choose search teams and reviewing teams.
Plan and set up summer workshops.
Focus group for each user service, discussions summarized and posted.
June, 2001
Search teams find and preliminarily classify material.
Testing group begins working on "yesses" from search groups until review teams start.
August, 2001
Two reviewing teams hold workshops for a weekıs reviewing focused on the courses.
Members work on survey papers describing what is available for various courses; revisions of the papers from the previous year.
Fall, 01
Focus group for each user service, discussions summarized and posted.
Interview faculty, students, and developers; summarize and post results.
PI will be on leave for the academic year and will add to his responsibilities such needs as: work on sustainability, initiating strategies for filling curricular gaps in basic courses, building up user communities, finding out if there non-applet electronic teaching tools which are emerging with such strength that we should shift our focus.
Year 3: January 2002
December 2002 AMS/MAA Annual Meeting January, 2002
Demonstrations, talks, and serious publicity. In addition to whatıs in the collection, search for faculty and developers to help fill gaps.
Search for reviewers, curriculum outliners, search teams.
Bring together members of JOMA and the applet project wing for a brief meeting.
January -- February, 2002
Meeting of the board of advisors. Themes that will be considered will include what needs to be studied and possibly changed in our procedures and presentation? what needs to be done to make the shift from a funded to a self-sustaining digital library? what gaps are there still in coverage of the curriculum and how best can we fill them? what other steps can be taken to publicize our existence to teachers, students, and developers? what further can we do to assure the fruitful continuance of our various communities?
Focus group for each user service, discussions summarized and posted.
March May, 2002
Choose search groups, curriculum group, and review groups.
Curriculum group considers the question (by email) as to what to do about organizing the rest of the curriculum: are there courses that we have not covered and deserve to be? how can we best structure the material for courses not significantly covered (perhaps not coverable) by applets and teaching units? how to fill gaps in the curriculum already covered?
Plan and set up summer workshops.
Project personnel give demonstrations and lectures on digital library at local meetings, technology meetings, and the like.
Focus group for each user service, discussions summarized and posted.
June, 2002
Begin final search effort by this project - after this we will rely on developers and users to alert us to the emergence of new material.
Testing group starts working on "yesses" from search groups until reviewing groups start.
August, 2002
Reviewing groups work with the search results, aiming toward other courses identified as having sufficient material for inclusion and searching to fill gaps in previously considered courses.
Reviewing groups spend comparatively more time working on survey papers to wrap up what we have and what is missing. These can serve as a basis for special focus grant proposals to fill special needs.
Fall, 02
Focus group for each user service, discussions summarized and posted.
Interview faculty, students, and developers; summarize and post results.
January, 2003
Presentation, AMS/MAA Annual meeting.
Volume on applet and teaching unit use in classrooms drafted.

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