Presentation on theme: "Using Online Tools to Enhance Communication in IBL Classes John Carter, PhD. Clark Dollard, PhD. Metropolitan State College of Denver."— Presentation transcript:
Using Online Tools to Enhance Communication in IBL Classes John Carter, PhD. Clark Dollard, PhD. Metropolitan State College of Denver
Motivation I wanted to: – know more about students success with the proofs before class in order to make better instructional decisions. – get more students involved in presentations. – keep students accountable for making an honest effort on every proof before they see it presented.
My Conclusions The basic idea of having students communicate their readiness worked well. – More students were regularly involved in presentations – Test results for this class were very good (but a small sample) – It was beneficial to not need to present all theorems. JITT is not the best tool to use for this purpose.
Overview of what I tried. Used ImathAS to augment my IBL introduction to proofs course. Forums to allow students to claim proofs and give some information about readiness. Forums to post finished (polished) proofs. Discussion forums – student/student and student/instructor Forums for posting pictures of proofs as presented.
Conclusions Allowing students to claim proofs saves class time and give insight into student progress. An online portal can create a sense of community. Students can type mathematics without complaint. The future – Dedicated Wiki with editor. – Several tablet PCs for presentations?