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Check back in the spring for panel discussions!

Put on Your Hard Hat: Let's Deconstruct Calculus!

September 27 and October 11, 3-5pm ET

In this seminar, we will explore a "you're doing it", innovative approach to teaching Calculus, also known as deconstructing the Calculus classroom. We will explore and create active, personalized, and embodied ways to engage students in concepts they may have only memorized in the past.


Registration for this event has closed. 


Tim Chartier, Amy N. Langville, Kathryn E. Pedings-Behling, and Tyler Perini

About the Presenters


Tim Chartier is an award-winning author and teacher. He's written 4 books and teaches at Davidson College.




Amy N. Langville has been teaching calculus every semester, multiple times a semester, for over 20 years. Deconstruct Calculus is her quest to make calculus fun, alive, physical, and hands-on. The Deconstruct approach has enabled her to reach more and more diverse students.




Kathryn Pedings-Behling has over a decade of experience in mathematics education at both the secondary and postsecondary levels. Her career has included award-winning classroom teaching, curriculum development, and teacher professional development.




Tyler Perini With a PhD in Operations Research, Tyler Perini researches multiobjective discrete optimization, including theoretical developments and its applications. Tyler is a Pfeiffer postdoctoral scholar at Rice University, teaching the undergraduate introduction to operations research course using many of the same techniques from Deconstruct Calculus.



Teaching Proving: Lessons Learned from My Students

October 20 and October 27, 5-6:30pm ET

To help understand students’ struggles, we will watch and discuss short videos of Sandefur’s students attempting proofs, and will consider some problems ourselves. Guided by research on how students learn proving and the participants own teaching experiences, we will develop a better understanding of students’ difficulties with certain aspects of learning to prove and what we can do to support them.



Jim Sandefur

About the Presenters


Jim Sandefur has 20 years of experience teaching proof courses, was the Principal Investigator on two NSF grants to develop a video library of students proving, and is a co-author of several research papers related to students learning proving.



Modeling in Your Differential Equations Coursework

October 26 and 28, 1-3:30pm ET

For colleagues who wish to motivate and enrich the study of differential equations through a modeling first and throughout approach, we offer experiences in several proven modeling activities and time for discussion and reflection on how to incorporate these approaches and activities in their coursework. We offer practical experiences and exchanges, as well as all materials, while so much more is freely available at our OER SIMIODE Community of Practice,




Brian Winkel, Leigh Noble

About the Presenters


Brian Winkel has over 50 years of teaching experience in undergraduate mathematics with a PhD in Ring Theory and soon thereafter moving to a career in applied mathematics. He founded and edited the journals Cryptologia and PRIMUS and now is Director of SIMIODE.



Leigh Noble , PhD (Mathematics, University of Kentucky) is a professional math coach and a technical director for SIMIODE. He enjoys working with unusual student populations including adults returning to college, cadets at USMA-West Point & USAF, inmates at Eastern NY State Correctional Facility via the Bard Prison Initiative, and students in the Educational Opportunity Program at SUNY New Paltz. Leigh prefers he/him pronouns, watches too many movies and reads bad science fiction.



Mathematics Support Courses; Planning and Design

November 2 and 3, 2-5pm ET

Interested in developing just-in-time mathematics support for students? Co-requisite courses are becoming a popular tool for mathematics departments looking to increase student success in key mathematics courses. This virtual session will share several distinct examples of support course structures utilized by a variety of institutions. We will also engage with a framework for planning that will be useful for departments interested in developing their own support or co-requisite courses.




Katie Mawhinney, Katrina Palmer, Tracey Howell, and Gregory Rhoads

About the Presenters


Katherine Mawhinney is the Assistant Chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Appalachian State University. She is a member of the Appalachian Math Pathways Taskforce and has taught co-requisite calculus classes for the past 4 years.




Trina Palmer is part of the Appalachian team that has developed support courses for STEM students.




Tracey Howell is a veteran teacher of over 20 years. She joined the ASU Department of Mathematical Sciences in July of 2021 as an Assistant Professor.




Greg Rhoads has taught support courses at Appalachian State University for Calculus 1 and Calculus 2 for the past few years..




Check back in the spring for research seminars!

Ninth Math Webinar in English: Math in Disney and Pixar Movies

October 6, 5-6pm ET

What’s your favorite movie? Star Wars? Avatar? The Avengers? Frozen? What do these and all the highest-earning Hollywood movies since 2000 have in common? Mathematics! You probably didn’t think about it while watching these movies, but math was used to help make them. In this virtual event, we will discuss how math is being used to create better and more realistic movies. Along the way, we will discuss some specific movies and the mathematics behind them. We will include examples from Disney’s 2013 movie Frozen (how to use math to create realistic-looking snow) to Pixar’s 2004 movie The Incredibles (how to use math to make an animated character move faster). Come and join us and get a better appreciation of mathematics and movies!

Speaker: Michael Dorff



FUNDAPROMAT: Fundación Panameña para la Promoción de las Matemáticas


What Works in Online Professional Development? Lessons Learned from the Great Online Pivot

October 7, 2-3pm ET

Carrying out professional development online saves travel money, reduces ecological impact, and makes professional learning more accessible for many people. We'll share what we’ve learned about conducting in-depth workshops in ways that session participants can apply in planning their own professional learning opportunities, online and face-to-face too.




Sandra Laursen, Stan Yoshinobu, Tim Archie

About the Presenters


Sandra Laursen has over 25 years of experience designing, leading, and evaluating professional development on teaching.




Stan Yoshinobu has over 20 years of teaching experience in college mathematics and has been working in professional development in higher education, designing and implementing inquiry-based learning workshops, writing for The IBL Blog, and is director of the Academy of Inquiry-Based Learning.




Tim Archie has conducted higher education research, evaluation, and assessment for the past 10 years.



StatPREP Webinar: An Introduction to Confidence Intervals: An Interactive Webinar

October 21, 2-3pm ET

The StatPREP Little Apps are a collection of free, easy-to-use online tools that help students visualize the statistical concepts using real-world data. We will explore the StatPREP Little App for Confidence Intervals. In this interactive session, we will visualize the characteristics of a confidence interval, demonstrate what a confidence level is, re-sample data, and create side-by-side comparisons. These visualizations can be used to introduce the topic as well as in classroom assessments




Rona Axelrod

StatPREP Webinar: Introduction to RStudio and Exploratory Data Analysis

November 8, 4-5pm ET

This workshop will introduce participants to RStudio using RStudio Cloud. In addition RStudio server and RStudio desktop will be described. This introduction will include packages and reading data into RStudio. Then there will be an introduction to Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA).




Joe Roith & Kathryn Kozak


Check back later for upcoming workshops!