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Three notes about updated HTML for APC and ACS

For all Active Calculus texts, users should always view the HTML version of each as the definitive version: the HTML is easiest and fastest to update. You can always see the last date the HTML was updated by going to … Continue reading

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More on Active Calculus in Runestone

As noted in an earlier post, at Mathfest in Tampa, Chrissy Safranski and I led a minicourse on teaching Active Calculus and using Runestone. We had a great time doing that and here I want to share a few updates … Continue reading

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Back to school updates for Active Prelude, Active Single, and Active Multi

Here is my just-in-time post for back to school, Fall 2020 Edition. Overall: The two main things to know about the Active Calculus textbooks (Active Prelude to Calculus (APC), Active Calculus Single Variable (ACS), and Active Calculus Multivariable (ACM)) are … Continue reading

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Active Calculus Activities in Google Sheets

Erica Miller of VCU had a brilliant idea:  set up AC activities in Google sheets for remote teaching so that her students can work in breakout groups on a shared document.  Dave Kung learned about this in an MAA-sponsored session … Continue reading

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Desmos versions of Active Prelude Preview Activities

My colleague Marcia Frobish at GVSU has instantiated each of the preview activities in Active Prelude to Calculus as a Desmos activity. If you are a Desmos user, you should check these out.

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An argument for print textbooks

Here’s an interesting article regarding the effect of electronic vs print textbooks on student learning when reading for understanding: https://www.businessinsider.com/students-learning-education-print-textbooks-screens-study-2017-10. “Our work has revealed a significant discrepancy. Students said they preferred and performed better when reading on screens. But their … Continue reading

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Active Calculus and Edfinity: an alternative to WeBWorK

Many instructors use online homework systems with their students.  This approach provides accountability for students, immediate feedback and multiple attempts on their work, and simple grading for instructors.  While I’m always glad to share WeBWorK .def files with users who … Continue reading

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Active Preparation for Calculus

[August 2019 update: I re-named the text “Active Prelude to Calculus” as part of recent summer 2019 editing.  I won’t change the title again :-).  All else below still applies, with updated links.] Back in May, I wrote of my … Continue reading

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Followup to my EMES seminar

On Tuesday 10/2, I was honored to speak in the MIT Electronic Seminar on Mathematics Education.  The recorded video from the seminar is now available to view; my slides are also posted.  If you watch/listen to the recording, I apologize … Continue reading

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MIT Electronic Seminar on Mathematics Education – how I structure my calculus classes for active learning

I’m excited to share that I’ve been invited to be one of the speakers in the excellent MIT EMES seminar.  My presentation on Tuesday, 10/2/18, at noon EST will be a practice-focused discussion centered on how I structure my calculus … Continue reading

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