Author Archives: Matt Boelkins

MIT Electronic Seminar on Mathematics Education – how I structure my calculus classes for active learning

I’m excited to share that I’ve been invited to be one of the speakers in the excellent MIT EMES seminar.  My presentation on Tuesday, 10/2/18, at noon EST will be a practice-focused discussion centered on how I structure my calculus classes around active learning.  I’ll share explicitly how I use Active Calculus and a collection of […]

Online versions of Daily Prep Assignments

One of the ancillaries that we offer to support the use of Active Calculus is a collection of “daily preparation assignments”.   These assignments are modeled on Robert Talbert’s “guided practice” and provide students a short list of concrete tasks to complete prior to class so that they are prepared to actively engage with new ideas […]

Active Calculus Preview Activities in Desmos

My GVSU colleagues Marcia Frobish and Taylor Short have created Desmos versions of nearly all of the preview activities in Active Calculus (single variable).  You can see the full collection here, and each link offers an option to preview what students would see if you assigned the particular preview activity to them.  Several even provide students […]

Active Calculus 2018 Workbooks – now available in print

New for 2018, we’ve created bound, print versions of the activities workbooks for Active Calculus.  There’s one for chapters 1-4 (the typical first semester differential calculus material), and another for chapters 5-8 (the typical second semester integral calculus). Each workbook is 8.5×11″ in size with a soft-bound cover.  The activities are printed on the faces […]

Active Calculus 2018: PDF and print versions now available

In addition to the aforementioned HTML, the 2018 PDF and print versions of both Active Calculus – Single Variable and Active Calculus – Multivariable are now available.  Here are the various links: Active Calculus – Single Variable PDF version Active Calculus – Single Variable print version Active Calculus – Multivariable PDF version Active Calculus – […]

Active Calculus 2018 – new edition

I’m excited to share several updates to Active Calculus: 1. New 2018 edition of Active Calculus – single variable The 2018 HTML version is now live at  The PDF will be posted in the near future on a new page at GVSU’s ScholarWorks site.  And the 2018 edition will be available for purchase on Amazon […]

Prelude to Active Calculus – feedback sought

I’ve been awarded a sabbatical for the fall semester of 2018 to write a new free, open-source textbook for GVSU’s new MTH 124: Functions and Models.  The purpose of this course is to prepare students not-yet-ready for calculus for a first semester course in calculus. MTH 124 has run for three semesters at Grand Valley, […]