The University of Arizona

Active learning in my undergraduate classes

Active learning in my undergraduate classes

Series: Mathematics Instruction Colloquium
Location: Math 402
Presenter: Elizabeth Lugosi, UA Math

In order to improve the results of students in undergraduate college algebra and business calculus classes, I:

encourage students to solve exercises in groups and explain the solution on the board,

motivate them to discuss different possible solutions,

minimize non-interactive lecture-style teaching, instead let students advise the next steps of the solution.


I strongly believe that in mathematics, ‘learning is not a spectator sport’. I often tell my students to get their hands dirty with math, for which group-work provides excellent opportunity.

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