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

Orlando, Florida, October 31-November 3, 2002

Paper P016

Psychology Meets Technology: Examining the Ingredients of Successful Learning

Fred Peskoff

Department of Mathematics
Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY
199 Chambers Street
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 220-1353

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Dale Siegel

Department of Mathematics & Computer Science
Kingsborough Community College/CUNY
2001 Oriental Boulevard
Brooklyn, NY 11235

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The emphasis on technology-enhanced learning in the mathematics department at the Borough of Manhattan Community College is above and beyond what could be expected at a typical two year college. In fact, the use of technology in our developmental program has been reported as well ahead of most four-year colleges. Equally important however, is our department's student oriented approach to learning which emphasizes mathematical thinking and reasoning. Various projects involve significant writing assignments and interpretation of data. In courses ranging from developmental mathematics to statistics to calculus, innovative instructional activities are coupled with state-of- the-art technology in order to optimize student performance and satisfaction.

Keyword(s): pedagogy