Electronic Proceedings of the Ninth Annual International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics

Reno, Nevada, November 7-10, 1996

Paper C024

College Algebra in an Open Classroom Connecting Teachers and Technology

Margo Alexander

Department of Mathematics & Computer Science
Georgia State University
University Plaza
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 651-2245
Fax: (404) 651-2246

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Interactive instructional computer software and pedagogical models will be offered to students in an open classroom setting. Rather than traditional teacher centered lecture methods, class material will be presented in Mathcad m-files. The use of this type of technology engages students actively in the material, enables them to build models, and encourages conceptual learning rather than the rote use of formulas and algorithms.

Keyword(s): Mathcad, college algebra, pedagogy