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Gavin started graduate school assuming that he wouldn't end up teaching mathematics, and left to take a teaching position at a small liberal arts college. There was a change in direction in the middle of that section of his career. At the University of Michigan he works in instructional technology and teaches. In the former capacity he has developed on-line homework and gateway testing content, and creates and manages on-line and technological resources and tools supporting the Department's undergraduate courses. In the latter he helps facilitate the Department's Introductory Program and IBL courses, and works on the Department's new instructor training program.

25 Years: What (Good) Teaching Looks Like

Michigan Calculus Classroom, early 90s Editors’ note: This is the second of a series of blog posts on the state and history of the University of Michigan’s undergraduate mathematics program. Calculus reform came to Michigan in the early 1990s—closing in on 25 years ago. So this is another installment in a “25 year retrospective.” “…Don’t …

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The Effect(iveness) of Change

Over the course of last summer we revised our standard “sophomore-level” differential equations course, taken by most engineering students. This is the course which traditionally has been a recipe course in which one learns to categorize all of the different types of differential equations which can be solved by hand while glossing over the fact …

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25 Years: Gateway Testing at Michigan

Michigan Calculus Classroom, early 90s Editors’ note: This is the first of a series of blog posts on the state and history of the University of Michigan’s undergraduate mathematics program. Calculus reform came to Michigan in the early 1990s—closing in on 25 years ago. So this is the first installment of a “25 year retrospective.” …

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A View of a Room

An alternate title for this might be “what a difference a room makes.” Last semester I taught our general linear algebra course for majors (which is a linear algebra and proof course) in a room with arm desks and a seating capacity that was close to the number of students in the section; this semester …

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