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Student Engagement in Mathematics through an Institutional Network for Active Learning (SEMINAL)

Student Engagement in Mathematics through an Institutional Network for Active Learning (SEMINAL) is a National Science Foundation-funded effort to better understand how to sustain success in implementing active learning in undergraduate mathematics classes and how to influence similar success at other institutions. SEMINAL is looking to expand the network and is currently seeking prospective partners willing to submit proposals. Selected partners are eligible for a grant of up to $100,000 as they join a network to transform pre-calculus to calculus 2 courses.

To help guide the proposal process, SEMINAL hosted a September 8 webinar covering the project’s objectives as well as the proposal process for becoming partner. The deadline for submitting a proposal is October 10.

View SEMINAL RFP Webinar September 8

View the Call for Proposals and Become A SEMINAL Partner

Our goal is to better understand how to enact and support institutional change aimed at implementing active learning in undergraduate mathematics learning environments.

Active Learning of Mathematics is defined as teaching methods and classroom norms that promote:

  1. students’ deep engagement in mathematical reasoning;

  2. peer-to-peer interaction; and

  3. instructor interest in and use of student thinking.

Curriculum should focus on key mathematical ideas (sense making & procedural fluency).

Students propose questions, communicate reasoning, & share solutions in process.

Instructors promote student engagement & build on student thinking.

What are we doing now

  1. Evaluating the impacts of changes in learning strategies at our core institutions.

  2. Developing case studies of successful institutional change based on data collected during site-visits to Phase I study institutions.


Our next steps: See the Call for Proposals

      1.      Soliciting proposals for new partners through the RFP,

   due October 10, 2017.

      2.      Hosting informational webinars for prospective partners.

  • Webinar on Friday, September 8, 2017, click here for more details

      3.      Selecting up to 9 additional partners by late fall, 2017.


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Project Leadership

  • Howard Gobstein, APLU
  • Chris Rasmussen, San Diego State University
  • Wendy Smith, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Rob Tubbs, University of Colorado Boulder
  • David Webb, University of Colorado Boulder/APLU