Using Online Context-based Calculus Labs to Motivate Students in an Introduction to Calculus Course
Marjorie Darrah, Edgar Fuller, Douglas Squire, West Virginia University, United States
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Toronto, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-81-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
The Introduction to Calculus course at West Virginia University has a diverse student audience. Students from several majors, including Business, Social Science, Pre-Pharmacy, and Forestry take this course as a requirement. The course is very focused on the applications of calculus. This paper describes the development and initial testing of online labs that represent some of the extended application problems for these areas. The labs were developed in an attempt to make the subject more relevant by allowing the students to choose the context of the problem they would solve. The main idea behind the development of the labs was to choose major topic areas in calculus and then find applications in the fields of business, science, and something general that might spark the interest of the students and motivate them to complete the labs.
Darrah, M., Fuller, E. & Squire, D. (2010). Using Online Context-based Calculus Labs to Motivate Students in an Introduction to Calculus Course. In J. Herrington & C. Montgomerie (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2010--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 1658-1662). Toronto, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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