Improving Student Understanding and Mastery of Calculus Using an Online Step-by-Step Learning Platform

We are proud to announce that the Improving Student Understanding and Mastery of Calculus Using an Online Step-by-Step Learning Platform project has received seed funding through the Center for Online Innovation in Learning’s Research Initiation Grant Program.

Abstract:

The goal of this project is to investigate in which ways a new online tool, Gradarius, can help improve calculus instruction. Gradarius is a step-by-step calculus learning platform that provides students with individual, detailed feedback at every step of solving calculus problems. The research involves two stages. In the first stage, the efficacy of Gradarius will be assessed in various respects: increasing student persistence, increasing rate of student progress, identifying crucial prerequisites and milestones in a calculus course, and optimal problem assignment. In the second stage, based on the data and results of the first stage, more fundamental questions will be explored: developing useful and individual feedback options, optimizing grading weight distributions, mathematical modeling of knowledge representation in calculus, adaptive problem selection, and extending the stepwise approach beyond calculus to higher mathematics.

Team:

  • Jan Reimann, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, Penn State, University Park
  • Stan Smith,, Associate Professor, Director of Online Instruction, Department of Mathematics, Penn State, University Park
  • Alexei Miasnikov, Professor, Department Director, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Alex Myasnikov,, Teaching Associate Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Stevens Institute of Technology

Contact:

Jan Reimann HeadshotJan Reimann
Assistant Professor
Department of Mathematics
109B McAllister Building
University Park, PA 16802
jsr25@psu.edu
(814) 865-7527

 

 


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