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.
