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SEMINAL

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.

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.

Questions?

Contact us at seminal@aplu.org.

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