Reduce Readiness Gaps and Use Dynamic Assets to Improve Conceptual Understanding

“What is the most difficult challenge you face when teaching calculus?”

When engaging with instructors throughout the country, the most common answer we hear is that it is not necessarily the Calculus that students struggle with most, but rather the prerequisite skills from Algebra and Trigonometry that they should already know when coming into the classroom. In addition, as the mathematical study of change, Calculus is a dynamic subject, and we routinely hear that students best understand its concepts when they are presented in a dynamic manner. Although the concepts of Calculus themselves do not change, the methods with which they are taught and the technology available to assist in this endeavor continuously evolve.
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Academic Benefits of Requiring Enhanced WebAssign

Contributor: Willem Wallinga, Fisher College (Boston, MA).

Since 2012, Enhanced WebAssign has been a required component for every mathematics course at Fisher College in Boston, MA. During this time, I have directly observed the academic benefits at every level, from Pre-Algebra to Multivariable Calculus. In this article, I will summarize a few of the benefits that make teaching and learning mathematics with Enhanced WebAssign a superior experience over traditional methods.
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Q&A with the Author of Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Foundations and Connections

We speak with Debora Katz, United States Naval Academy, and author of Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Foundations and Connections.

Debora Katz has a PhD from the University of Minnesota, where she won a fellowship that included training by well-known figures in physics education research (PER). Today, she is a professor of physics at the United States Naval Academy, where she teaches not just physics majors, but students with a diverse set of abilities, interests, learning styles, and preconceptions. To engage her students in the process of learning physics, she uses many PER techniques.
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For James Stewart, Teaching Math is a Life-Long Inspiration

In Memory Yesterday we lost an inspirational educator, respected author, trusted partner, and friend. Last night we learned that on Wednesday, December 3 at 9:30 am ET, Jim passed away peacefully surrounded by family at his home in Toronto, Canada. Read the official media release.   There’s something to be said for hard work. In the last forty-plus years since two of his students at McMaster University suggested he write his own calculus book, world-renowned author and mathematician James Stewart has basically never stopped writing. Having essentially devoted his life to mathematics, Jim has published over seventy textbooks, releasing Read More…

Study Shows Students Using EWA for Calculus Outperform their Peers

This peer-reviewed study examines the impact of using Enhanced WebAssign® (EWA) on student knowledge and skills in Calculus I courses.

MarketingWorks and SEG Measurement, two independent research firms, conducted a comprehensive study of EWA’s effectiveness in the spring of 2014 using an array of qualitative and quantitative methods. The primary goal of the study was to determine the extent to which EWA users improved their calculus knowledge and skills more than a control group of students who used the same textbooks and other technology supports but not EWA. Further, the study investigated faculty and student perceptions of EWA.
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Active Learning and Calculus: Just Like Riding a Bike

Guest Contributor: Kimberly Benien, Wharton County Junior College (Richmond, TX).   Do you remember the first time you rode a bike? Did you read a book to learn how to balance on the bike? Did you watch someone else ride the bike? One would never think that learning to ride a bike would begin by reading a book. Nor would one believe that they could learn to ride a bike by just watching someone. I remember my father instructing me, guiding me, and then running alongside, holding on to the back of the bike seat while I tried and Read More…

Math Doesn’t Change Much… But Teaching It Does!

Contributor: Yvette Hassakoursian, Glendale Community College (Glendale, California).
Although the content of math courses has not changed much over the past few decades, methods of teaching and delivery of material have. The era of lecture and group work is now more extensive and includes many different models. The introduction of technology has welcomed a more dynamic style of teaching, and Enhanced WebAssign (EWA) has taken those prototypes and expanded them even further.
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Calculus Students Embrace Enhanced WebAssign® — and Ask for More

Perri Larson teaches College Algebra and Calculus at Palomar College in California’s San Diego County, where she has been using Enhanced WebAssign (EWA) in Calculus since the fall of 2012. Perri was introduced to EWA at a webinar, where she learned (and liked) that students could link to video explanations of concepts from the eBook version of her text, Stewart’s Calculus. She also wanted to motivate more of her students to complete their out-of-class assignments, so she decided to test out Enhanced WebAssign, too. In this success story, you’ll read how Enhanced WebAssign has led to increased student engagement in Larson’s Read More…

Thanks to Enhanced WebAssign, Busy Student has Better Study Habits—and a Good Grade

Zak Kucera, a full-time sophomore at Northwestern University, knows what it’s like to feel frazzled. With short, intense quarters packed with classes like microeconomics, monopoly and antitrust, and geography, staying focused and on top of his studies is essential in order to not fall behind, and then find himself without the time necessary to catch up.

For his essential calculus course, the required materials included Essential Calculus from Cengage Learning, as well as Enhanced WebAssign. Zak found that he enjoyed Enhanced WebAssign right off the bat, as he usually does well with online programs. He felt that the program was not only a time saver but helped him master the concepts and retain what he was learning. At the end of the course, Zak ended up with an A-, which made him very happy.

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Five Ways to Elevate Learning with Enhanced WebAssign®

Contributor: Kimberly Benien, Wharton County Junior College (Wharton, Texas).
Whether I am designing a face-to-face course or an online course, student engagement is a top priority. Experience and reflection has shown me that students who are engaged in class and in the content are more likely to develop their own understanding and successfully transfer the learning to a more difficult concept, and eventually the next course. Technology helps me achieve my goal: to engage students where they are with technologies that they will use. Remember, only when students find value in it will they use it.
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