As we welcome a new semester at CWRU we would like to highlight some of what our energetic faculty were up to over the summer. Dr. Liz Sell used some of her time developing active learning for multivariable calculus, thanks to a Nord Grant she received from the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE). The goal of these grants is to empower people to learn through the development of innovative faculty teaching and research projects that directly benefit student learning.
Dr. Sell and MAMS graduate student Roland Baumann created a new syllabus for Math 223, Calculus for Science & Engineering III, following the guidelines for Universal Design for Learning, which emphasize active participation by students. Sell and Baumann used a backward-design process, in which one begins with learning objectives and then works backward to choose appropriate course material and assessments. Going forward, Dr. Sell will work to incorporate the structure and learning activities into more sections of Math 223.