Using Web-based technologies to reach and engage millennial students in calculus

TitleUsing Web-based technologies to reach and engage millennial students in calculus
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference2009
AuthorsCarpenter, J
Conference Name2009 American Society for Engineering Education Conference, Austin, TX
Conference LocationAustin, TX
Abstract

Author's abstract: Today’s college-aged students are classified as millennials (born between the years of 1974 and 1994). Several characteristics of this population make web-based technologies attractive tools for reaching and engaging students. Millennials are classified as both digital natives and experiential learners. Moreover, in the area of personality, these students are more warm, outgoing and socially bold than their predecessors. Using these characteristics as a guide, there are a variety of web-based technologies which can be used to more effectively reach millennial students and engage them in learning mathematics. This paper will review use of online homework, e-mail and online tutoring, as well as Web 2.0 technologies such as blogs, wikis and podcasts which focus on social interaction. Practical strategies for implementing these technologies in a college-level mathematics course will be discussed, along with both student and instructor feedback from their use in calculus.

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