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Brown, Ryan; Chiorescu, Marcela; Mohr, Darin – PRIMUS, 2017
The Georgia College mathematics department has reimagined its major requirements to integrate meaningful undergraduate research experiences. We have developed and implemented a multi-year action plan to transform our major. In this article we discuss how the department has developed and implemented a year-long research experience as a capstone…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Research, Mathematics Education, Case Studies
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Cooper, Thomas; Bailey, Brad; Briggs, Karen; Holliday, John – PRIMUS, 2017
The authors have completed a 2-year quasi-experimental study on the use of inquiry-based learning (IBL) in precalculus. This study included six traditional lecture-style courses and seven modified Moore method courses taught by three instructors. Both quantitative and qualitative analyses were used to investigate the attitudes and beliefs of the…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Quasiexperimental Design, Inquiry, Teaching Methods
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Pinzon, D.; Pinzon, K.; Stackpole, M. – PRIMUS, 2016
In this paper, we discuss active learning in College Algebra at Georgia Gwinnett College. This approach has been used in more than 20 sections of College Algebra taught by the authors in the past four semesters. Students work in small, structured groups on guided inquiry activities after watching 15-20 minutes of videos before class. We discuss a…
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study, Algebra, Active Learning
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Derado, Josip; Garner, Mary L.; Tran, Thu-Hang – PRIMUS, 2016
Students' abilities and interests vary dramatically in the college mathematics classroom. How do we teach all of these students effectively? In this paper, we present the Point Reward System (PRS), a new method of assessment that addresses this problem. We designed the PRS with three main goals in mind: to increase the retention rates; to keep all…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Student Diversity, Academic Ability
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Townsley, Lisa – PRIMUS, 2016
We describe recent attempts by the University System of Georgia to develop and pilot a system-wide online Precalculus course for credit. The course was based on full online delivery, using an emporium model for learning. We experienced moderate success with the course, with a completion rate of 61-76% compared with the 4-7% for Massive Open Online…
Descriptors: Calculus, Online Courses, College Mathematics, Academic Persistence