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1 Workshop for Interdisciplinary and Inquiry Based Teaching of Calculus – September 29, NSF-USF-STEP TEAM Dr. Kandethody Ramachandran Dr. Catherine Bénéteau Dr. Scott Campbell Dr. Gordon Fox Dr. Arcadii Grinshpan Dr. Marcus McWaters Dr. Jennifer Lewis

2 Workshop for Interdisciplinary and Inquiry Based Teaching of Calculus – September 29, MAJOR GOAL Student success and Increase graduation rate in STEM fields and thus raising student achievement

3 Workshop for Interdisciplinary and Inquiry Based Teaching of Calculus – September 29, MAIN FOCUS Improving pass rate in Engineering and Life Science Calculus Three Major Components  Project based instruction  Implementation of peer leading  Tutoring lab called STEM Mart

4 Workshop for Interdisciplinary and Inquiry Based Teaching of Calculus – September 29, Project Based InstructionProject Based Instruction Teach calculus through projects based on real life problems  a total of 830 projects have been developed  starting from 4 sections in Fall of 2008 we reached to total of 54 sections by end of Spring 2012

5 Workshop for Interdisciplinary and Inquiry Based Teaching of Calculus – September 29, Project Based InstructionProject Based Instruction Created an electronic journal Undergraduate journal of mathematical modeling: one + two selected 58 projects are published

6 Workshop for Interdisciplinary and Inquiry Based Teaching of Calculus – September 29,  an increase of over 25% in the passing rates for students who did the projects versus those who did not  Over all an Increased pass rates of over 10% for the sections that offer the project option  At least 5% decrease of the withdrawal rates.

7 Workshop for Interdisciplinary and Inquiry Based Teaching of Calculus – September 29, Effects  The mathematics application activities have led to the creation of Center for Industrial and Interdisciplinary Mathematics.  Project bank will be a source for project based teaching g/projectindex.htm

8 Workshop for Interdisciplinary and Inquiry Based Teaching of Calculus – September 29, Peer LeadingPeer Leading In peer leader program, selected students provide structured tutoring and serve as role models for other students  starting from 0 sections in Fall of 2008 it reached to a total of more than 85 sections.  developed a curriculum for Engineering and Life Science Calculus 1 In peer leader program, selected students provide structured tutoring and serve as role models for other students  starting from 0 sections in Fall of 2008 it reached to a total of more than 85 sections.  developed a curriculum for Engineering and Life Science Calculus 1

9 Workshop for Interdisciplinary and Inquiry Based Teaching of Calculus – September 29, Data results  Increased pass rates by more than 10%  12% decrease of withdrawal rates

10 Workshop for Interdisciplinary and Inquiry Based Teaching of Calculus – September 29, Effects Got permanent funding from the USF for  22 Undergraduate Peer Leaders  4 graduate TAs every semester for Mathematics.

11 Workshop for Interdisciplinary and Inquiry Based Teaching of Calculus – September 29, STEM MartSTEM Mart STEM Mart is a one stop tutoring center for lower level STEM courses  Opened extended hours (M-Th., 10am-9pm, F., 10am -4pm, and Sun., 1pm-5pm) in tutoring lab, STEM Mart.  About 40 undergraduate students serve as tutors for elementary level STEM courses  Starting Fall 08, a total of more than 3500 different students logging in more than 15,000 student visits were recorded.  Popular destination for calculus and physics students

12 Workshop for Interdisciplinary and Inquiry Based Teaching of Calculus – September 29, Data results  Increased passing rates by more than 20% in Calculus for students  Of the students visited 5 or more times, 82% got C or better  Tutoring in various basic subjects is now permanent part of student success at USF.

13 Workshop for Interdisciplinary and Inquiry Based Teaching of Calculus – September 29, Conclusion

14 Workshop for Interdisciplinary and Inquiry Based Teaching of Calculus – September 29, step/

15 Workshop for Interdisciplinary and Inquiry Based Teaching of Calculus – September 29, PROGRAM TimeLocation 8:30am-9:00amENB Hall of FlagsRegistration 12:30pm-1:30pmENB 118Lunch

16 Workshop for Interdisciplinary and Inquiry Based Teaching of Calculus – September 29, STIPEND  $ stipend will be mailed to participants who had registered.  Please make sure that you sign the paperwork that will be passed around during discussion time.

17 Workshop for Interdisciplinary and Inquiry Based Teaching of Calculus – September 29, THANK YOU

18 Workshop for Interdisciplinary and Inquiry Based Teaching of Calculus – September 29, SUGGESTIONS


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