mfitch wrote:I demonstrate Mathematica usage in first semester calculus starting with derivatives. However I only ask them to use it to check their work on derivatives and anti-derivative and definite integral problems. They also use a provided Mathematica worksheet for one project (Newton-Raphson method).
ron.bannon wrote:The University of Illinois has an online mathematics program called NetMath <http://netmath.uiuc.edu/> that uses Mathematica as an instructional aid. It would be wonderful to have courses similar to NetMath's offerings, but designed and hosted by Wolfram. Getting a publisher to sign on would be helpful, and having a team of content experts to validate the courses would aid in adoption.
Wolfram needs to see an opportunity here. I'd love to see Wolfram become more of a course publisher, possibly reinvigorating the field of mathematics education.
Kathy_Bautista wrote:ron.bannon wrote:The University of Illinois has an online mathematics program called NetMath <http://netmath.uiuc.edu/> that uses Mathematica as an instructional aid. It would be wonderful to have courses similar to NetMath's offerings, but designed and hosted by Wolfram. Getting a publisher to sign on would be helpful, and having a team of content experts to validate the courses would aid in adoption.
Wolfram needs to see an opportunity here. I'd love to see Wolfram become more of a course publisher, possibly reinvigorating the field of mathematics education.
Thanks for the good suggestion, Ron! I'll bring it up in my next meeting to see if we can start the ball rolling with this idea. Do you envision these as self-paced courses, like NetMath, where students individually register and complete the course, including locally-proctored quizzes and exams? Or would you prefer to see downloadable notebooks that faculty can obtain to use in their courses and distribute to students?
What do others think?
On a related note, several of my colleagues were involved in teaching before joining Wolfram, and put together some sample primary/secondary school math lessons with Mathematica. I just wrote a post about it here, in case you're interested:
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-Kathy
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