The resources and links below include materials developed through the University of Michigan IBL Center, and to provide other sources of information about IBL and its use in teaching undergraduate mathematics.  Among the links we include information on the history of active learning that refers in particular to the work of  R. L. Moore,  a controversial mathematician who held sexist and racist views.  We categorically reject Moore’s discriminatory views, and believe that acknowledging history is essential to understand who we are and make progress towards a more inclusive discipline.  The Michigan IBL Center itself is fully dedicated to the education and inclusion of everyone independent of their gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religious or political views, or physical abilities.

Course Materials



  • 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions, Margaret Schwan Smith and Mary Kay Stein
  • How not to be wrong Jordan Ellenberg
  • One, two, skip a few… ninety-nine, one hundred Inquiry Based Enumerative Combinatorics,Kyle Petersen
  • Chapter Zero, Carol Schumacher
  • Number Theory Through Inquiry, Marshall, Odell, Starbird
  • The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking, Burger, Starbird
  • The Heart of Mathematics: An Invitation to Effective Thinking, Burger, Starbird
  • Essentials of Mathematics: Introduction to Theory, Proof, and the
  • Professional Culture, Hale
  • First Year Calculus as Taught by R. L. Moore: An Inquiry-Based
    Learning Approach, Clem Falbo
  • The Moore Method: A Pathway to Learner-Centered Instruction Coppin, Mahavier, May, Parker
  • Making the Connection: Research and Teaching in Undergraduate
  • Mathematics Education Carlson, Rassmussen