Author Archives: Matt Boelkins

Active Calculus Activities in Google Sheets

Erica Miller of VCU had a brilliant idea:  set up AC activities in Google sheets for remote teaching so that her students can work in breakout groups on a shared document.  Dave Kung learned about this in an MAA-sponsored session on teaching remotely and had the idea to crowdsource building the sheets; he posted on […]

reminder: Active Calculus YouTube playlists

My GVSU colleagues have developed extensive video content to support all 8 chapters of Active Calculus.  Each screencast is enumerated with the section number that aligns with the text.  At GV, our Calculus 1 is MTH 201, which corresponds to chapters 1-4, while Calculus 2 is MTH 202, chapters 5-8, and thus you’ll see the […]

Desmos versions of Active Prelude Preview Activities

My colleague Marcia Frobish at GVSU has instantiated each of the preview activities in Active Prelude to Calculus as a Desmos activity. If you are a Desmos user, you should check these out.

Google groups for Active Calculus

I’m launching two groups for information about the Active Calculus texts:  https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/active-calculus-announce, where there will be infrequent posts announcing new editions and features, and https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/active-calculus-users, which is a forum for instructors who use (or are considering using) the text. At the latter, I hope there will be a lively exchange of ideas that center on […]

PreTeXt & the Future of Textbooks

Rob Beezer’s free, open authoring platform PreTeXt is what enables the fantastic HTML output for Active Calculus and so many other free, open textbooks. As part of my work with the PreTeXt Advocacy Group (Sally Koutsoliotas, Jennifer Nordstrom, Bruce Yoshiwara, and me), I’m excited to announce that PreTeXt is featured in the December/January issue of […]

Short user survey – Active Calculus (single variable)

Regarding the single variable text, I’m trying to gain some information about adoption, how the text is used, and what additional features are desirable.  If you use the text in your teaching, I’d greatly appreciate you taking 5 minutes to complete this survey:   http://gvsu.edu/s/1aP Responses by Friday, 10/18, will be most helpful.  Thanks.

An argument for print textbooks

Here’s an interesting article regarding the effect of electronic vs print textbooks on student learning when reading for understanding: https://www.businessinsider.com/students-learning-education-print-textbooks-screens-study-2017-10. “Our work has revealed a significant discrepancy. Students said they preferred and performed better when reading on screens. But their actual performance tended to suffer.” The article has lots of interesting observations on things like […]