Course Transformation Work
PreCalculus, MATH 104: Our transformation work on MATH 104 has focused on incorporating frequent group work across sections, increasing our support of GTAs, and coordinating the course across sections. I have designed and implemented in-class group work activities and post-class assignments, as well as redesigned the exams and introduced an online homework program. I meet with GTAs and instructors weekly, and we have implemented a GTA training handbook.
Calculus III, MATH 127: MATH 127 is a new course that our department first offered in Spring 2016, when we transitioned from a two-course calculus sequence to a three-course sequence. We designed the course with a focus on active learning. Therefore, we are working to transform the pre-class, in-class, and post-class activities, as well as to improve our assessment of student learning outcomes using exams and student feedback surveys.
Click the image above for a larger version or see the PDF version here: Restructuring Calculus: Reorganizing Content and Moving Toward a Flipped Classroom.
Faculty and Student Development Programs
Mini Grants: We received two mini grants from the C21 Course Transformation Grant offered by the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Kansas. These grants supported the work of graduate students who assisted with a number of redesign activities that included flipping MATH 104 and realigning learning objectives and creating a video library for MATH 127.
Instructor Collaboration: I work closely with Joe Brennan, instructor of MATH 125 and 126, so that the calculus sequence is uniform in implementation. I also collaborate with the faculty member teaching MATH 127 throughout the semester.
Faculty in the KU Math department worked together to remap the course curriculum for the three-course calculus sequence. In addition, they have unified all of the course content and materials across the three sections to ensure that students are prepared for downstream courses.
Dr. Missy Shabazz is a post-doctoral teaching fellow in the Mathematics department at the University of Kansas where she focuses on improving interaction with students and incorporating active learning opportunities in large lecture Math courses. Dr. Shabazz earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Arkansas in 2015. She can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to access the repository for MATH 104 and MATH 127.