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Active Calculus: usage statistics

One of the superb librarians at GVSU who manages the site that hosts AC sent me access to a dashboard that reveals a lot of interesting user data. For example, after GVSU, the 10 locations/institutions that have downloaded AC most are: Westmont College Foothill-DeAnza Community College District University of Redlands Keene State College St Ignatius […]

Last day at AIM: meet some of my new friends

One of the very best parts of the workshop this week has been the time I’ve gotten to spend with the people here, some of whom I had followed online or traded email with, but never met in person.  Others I had talked with briefly at conferences, and of course there are a couple of […]

New Year Updates to AC

Happy New Year everyone.  Here are a couple of brief updates if you are planning to use Active Calculus in the upcoming winter semester. Thanks to everyone who sent us errors they found in the text, as well as other suggestions.  Steve has updated the multivariable version of the text to fix all known errors, […]

Professor disciplined for not using a for-profit text, written by his department chair

This post on the Chronicle’s site basically speaks for itself:  a text, written by the dept chair, was used for 25 years and had “never been questioned“.  When a faculty member tried to do otherwise, he was disciplined. All I can say is:  good grief.  Update:  via Adam Glessner, there appears to be much more to […]

A MOOC on Real-World Calculus

One of the organizers of this MOOC just reached out to me and asked that I share information about this free online course:  see the interesting trailer at https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/real-world-calculus.  I love that there are people willing to share more about the subject with interested people for free, and to talk about it ways that share how […]

“But you feel dirty …” – why HS kids have to buy TI Calculators

In the same way that publishers take advantage of students’ captivity when it comes to needing textbooks, Texas Instruments does the same.  Here’s a fantastic article on the subject that quotes a PA HS teacher who says “But you feel dirty, because you’re telling parents they need to buy a device, and I know I […]

From my Amazon feed: Stewart’s Calculus for $272.52

In recent recommendations from Amazon, based on my prior reading and buying, I got an email suggesting that I buy James Stewart’s Calculus text.  Heh. The 7th edition, no less: http://amzn.to/1Ly4mWi.  At least you can rent it for $50 for the semester. These annual complaints about textbook costs are at least getting shorter.