Don Hartig

Throughout my professional career I have been active in my department, participating in seminars and occasionally presenting a colloquim lecture. For years I annually wrote at least one paper on a reseach topic or of a pedagogical nature. These were presented at either a special session or a national meeting of AMS/MAA. I will not list these activities here.

Since becoming convinced that technolgy can have a positive effect on the learning experience in some mathematics classes, I have been more active in creating and refining materials to support the use of computers in differential equations, linear algebra, and pdes, and advising others who agree that this is a worthwhile endeavor. A good case can also be made for technology in multivariable calculus and vector calculus, but I seldom teach the former anymore. As for the latter, I am more interested in using class time to discuss differential forms.

In 1991 Mike Colvin and I founded the California Calculus Consortium, a California Community College/State University endeavor that served as a conduit and forum for classroom testing of innovative ideas and technology in mainstream calculus. Its principal goal was to give mathematics faculty in California the opportunity to participate actively in the national movement to revitalize the teaching of calculus. I am pleased to report that Mike and I are still actively engaged in integrating technology into our mathematics courses at the calculus level and beyond. See TEACHING PROJECTS.