Inquiry-Based Learning in College Mathematics
Active learning strategies have gained significant endorsements in recent years, most notably from the NSF with a 2014 press release titled “Enough with the lecturing” and a 2016 CBMS statement from the presidents of the major mathematics organizations. The latter explicitly cites Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL), which is a subset of active learning in college mathematics. Laursen et al’s team of researchers have studied IBL in depth, which has led to a newly accepted definition of IBL as anything which focuses on the following twin pillars:
1. deep student engagement in rich mathematics;
2. opportunities for students to collaborate (with peers and with the instructor).
In this talk-workshop for faculty and graduate students, we will engage in a short activity to help us think about student learning in depth. We will also view examples of various styles of IBL and see what resources are available for getting started.