Orlando Meetings: Presentation Summary

Back to Orlando: Calculus Reform

This is the summary of a presentation given at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, January 10-13, 1996, Orlando, Florida.

A mathematics technology classroom:
Evolution of a calculus reform implementation

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 few surprises.

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

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