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

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 – dates to be determined.

      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