Stevens Institute of Technology to Host Second Annual Conference on Reimagining Calculus Education

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Innovative calculus education conference will bring together calculus and STEM educators to share ideas on innovative teaching and learning strategies

Stevens Institute of Technology will host the Second Annual Conference on Reimagining Calculus Education on Friday, November 3, 2017. The conference will bring together calculus education experts from throughout the U.S. to share ideas with instructors and administrators at both the college and high school levels to improve how calculus is taught.

Given that calculus is the principal gateway to the STEM fields, the need to improve calculus teaching methods is enormous. Jan Cannizzo, a teaching assistant professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, explained, “Recognizing that traditional methods of instruction were not working, Stevens made sweeping changes to the way it teaches freshman calculus, from flipping the classroom to eliminating textbooks to developing innovative learning software.”

The result of these efforts, the Stevens Calculus System, has led to a drop of over twenty percentage points in the DFW rate (the percentage of students who receive a D, F, or withdraw from a course) and positioned Stevens to become a national leader in calculus education. With universities and colleges across the country looking to make similar improvements, Stevens is eager to spread the word and continue exploring how to better teach calculus.

Attendees of the conference will discover innovative teaching strategies, explore an intelligent online tutoring platform and learn how to effectively use and deliver math content to students. One of those ways is the Gradarius™ Stepwise Calculus Learning Platform. Gradarius is the world’s first learning platform to give college students step-by-step feedback on calculus problems, and only one of many innovative solutions the conference will cover. Gradarius is a sponsor of the event, as is the curriculum design software Coursetune and the publisherWorldwide Center of Mathematics.

The Reimagining Calculus Education conference will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 3, 2017 on the Stevens campus in Hoboken, NJ. Calculus instructors at both the college and high school level, and anyone with an interest in STEM education, are encouraged to register.

For complete agenda and speaker information, as well as registration instructions, visit the conference website at: stevens.edu/calculus-reimagined.

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