MAA Intermountain Section Spring Meeting

March 2013

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Short Courses

Teaching with Classroom Voting and Clickers

This minicourse will provide participants with an overview of classroom voting pedagogy in a wide range of college mathematics courses. Time will be spent discussing the logistics of classroom voting using clickers as well as recent research on this type of pedagogy. Participants will play the role of students in a voting demonstration, explore an online library of over 2300 classroom voting questions, prepare a lecture with voting questions for use in one of their own courses, and try their hands at writing some questions.

Kelly Cline and Holly Zullo are both associate professors at Carroll College in Helena, Montana, where they have used classroom voting in calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations since 2005.  Cline is currently PI and Zullo co-PI on MathVote, an NSF funded 3-year project to study the pedagogy of classroom voting.  Additionally, they are co-editors of the MAA Notes volume Teaching Mathematics with Classroom Voting: With and Without Clickers.

Informative and Inspiring Mathematical Writing (with Students)

Students of math struggle with writing more than any other aspect of professional life.   Yet few things have the power to integrate their knowledge like writing, and few things are as exciting and motivational to students as seeing their name in print.   Moreover, tenure committees, university administrators, and NSF funding officers view publication with students as one of the most important scholarly activities.  Jim Powell has written over thirty papers with graduate and undergraduate co-authors, including winners of the 'Lee Segel' and 'Visionary Science' awards.   With examples, discussion and exercises Jim will lead participants through strategies and techniques for communicating innovative mathematics in inspiring ways.

James Powell is a Professor of Applied Mathematics and Biology, specializing in mathematical models of dispersal and life-cycle timing and their application in ecology. He was hired at Utah State in 1991 after receiving his PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Arizona, and collaborates with scientists and engineers to develop mathematical models and techniques addressing their needs. Jim loves teaching mathematics in context, connecting students to applications from model development onwards. He has two daughters (Chelsea and Caitlin), two cats (Jackson and Seth) and one dog (Maya). When not integrating DE, writing or teaching Jim hikes and skis, cooks weapons-grade pasta, drinks classy wine, practices Aikido, lifts weights, searches for the perfect burrito and generally avoids the undead.