
06575095
j
2016c.01008
Levi, Inessa
Chahine, Iman
Garrett, Lauretta
Wang, Haifeng
Technology, active learning, and retention in general education mathematics.
J. Comput. Math. Sci. Teach. 35, No. 1, 81105 (2016).
2016
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
EN
U55
U75
D35
educational media
educational technology
information technology
technologysupported learning environments
research
university teaching
courses
mathematical model building
course management software
tutorial software
homework
tutorial and class management systems
educational software
mathematical software
ebook
worksheets
studentstudent interaction
communication
experience reports
achievement measurement
patterns of usage
student attitudes
active learning
Summary: Difficulties in general education mathematics courses may be attributed to many factors, primarily low proficiency in symbol manipulation, a perception that mathematics is an area which eludes mastery, a lack of engagement and effective practice. Educational technology can be a powerful aid in overcoming these factors. This work describes the implementation of an active learning model for a general education mathematics course supported by several types of technology. A tutorial and homework support system was used to promote active engagement in and out of the classroom, while spreadsheet software was used to address meaningful applications and overcome symbol manipulations issues. Class outcomes are discussed in terms of increase of productive grades as well as enhanced student attitudes towards mathematics.