Rockhurst College began experimenting with alternative calculus curricula
in 1990 and became a test site for the Duke University Project
CALC program in the fall of 1992. Specifically, we were looking for a
calculus curriculum that emphasized conceptual understanding, had a
demonstrated commitment to modeling real-life applications, and
used modern technology as a fundamental tool to both solve problems
and present ideas. From the beginning we made extensive use of the
Project CALC laboratory materials. Our efforts to build a
laboratory-rich environment has recently resulted in the creation of a
Mathematics Technology Classroom. The physical and logical design of the
classroom has brought some anticipated successes and challenges, and a
This talk will focus on the changes in pedagogy and content that we were
seeking, and the progression of events that motivated us to move from one
hour of lab per week to the current seamless lecture-lab delivery of
calculus. It will also address effects of the changes in calculus on
other courses in our mathematics curriculum.
Currently we are using the Mathematica Notebook versions of
the laboratory materials developed by William Barker of Bowdoin College
which run on a variety of Macintosh platforms all connected to a Sun
Workstation fileserver. Technical information regarding the physical
layout and the equipment component of the classroom will be provided.
Issues of funding, building and maintaining a technological learning
environment will also be included.
Anita J. Salem, Rockhurst College