We at the Math Forum are delighted to send you a letter from Constantine Papadakis, the president of Drexel University. His letter explains the good news about changes that the Math Forum has been going through. Our comments follow his letter.
~~~~~~~~ The Math Forum, the nation's leading Web site for math and math education, has been acquired by Drexel University and is now known as The Math Forum@Drexel. The new address of the site is: http://mathforum.org/ Pointers from the previous addresses will seamlessly redirect you to the new location.
Under the direction of Dr. Harvill Eaton, Drexel University's senior vice president for research and graduate studies, the University will maintain the Math Forum@Drexel site as the nation's premier mathematics resource. The site will continue to offer Math Forum@Drexel users all previous services, and will introduce new features and communities to ensure the site remains on the cutting edge.
Drexel brings many strengths to the Math Forum: expertise in mathematics, information science and technology, and education, as well as a multidisciplinary team of faculty members and graduate students to serve as volunteers and content providers. http://www.drexel.edu/univrel/aboutdu/
Drexel is Philadelphia's technological university and in 1983 was the first in the nation to require all students to have a personal computer. In 2000, Drexel became the first major university to operate a fully wireless CyberCampus.
Thank you for your support of the Math Forum. Drexel looks forward to continuing to provide you with the latest mathematics information and technology. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sincerely, Constantine Papadakis President Drexel University
We believe that this is the right home for the Math Forum for many reasons. Drexel is interested in online learning, technology in teaching, digital libraries, mathematics education, and other issues we find important. Moreover, they bring a combination of the practical and the theoretical into education in a way that we find exciting. We feel very comfortable returning to the academic fold, certainly wiser for our dot.com experience. We are grateful to WebCT for generously supporting us and for the concern they have displayed for the Math Forum Web site and our continuing research initiatives.
All of the Math Forum services will go forward, although the Problems of the Week (PoWs) will provide services at a much lower level since they are so labor-intensive. We will also go forward in new directions, and, for example, hope to develop tools and techniques to train mentors for the PoWs so that we can build them up in a cost-effective way. Another avenue we hope to explore is using the Math Forum and other digital libraries to study student learning. Now that our energies are no longer focused on our reorganization, we are ready to pursue many other collaborations with our friends and colleagues and would welcome suggestions for joint endeavors.
As President Papadakis explained, we will be under the direction of Harvill Eaton. Kristina Lasher is the Forum director, and Gene Klotz will continue as the Math Forum's senior advisor.