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Math Department Colloquium

The Math Department Colloquium features recent research of our faculty and our invited visitors.

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Refreshments will be served in MB226 before each talk.

Archive of past math department colloquium abstracts

Schedule for 2018–2019

Doug Bullock
Associate Professor and Associate Dean of COAS, Department of Mathematics, Boise State University
Title: The Boise State Calculus Project
Date: September 06 (Thursday), 2018
Time: 3:00–4:00 PM
Room: ILC 303
Abstract: I will describe the origins, motivation, implementation, results and impacts of a multi-year project to reshape the Calculus sequence at Boise State. The talk will be structured as a narrative, with research results presented at the points where they naturally emerged from the evolving project. Research results will fall into two categories:
• Institutional transformation and change management issues addressed during initial implementation and across subsequent project evolution.
• Natural experiments emerging from the project, measuring the project’s impact on success in Calculus, longitudinal performance in later courses, and retention at BSU or in major.
Restructuring of the traditional Calculus content and curriculum were a major part of the project. I will describe general themes of the curriculum changes, illustrated with specific examples. Although the project is effectively concluded, sustainability and future evolution will be discussed, time permitting.