The Mathematics Education Seminar Series presents
Change of Basis: Inquiry-Based Linear Algebra
by Patrick Bahls, University of North Carolina, Asheville
Friday, November 17, 2006, 3:30-4:30pm, Harvard University Science Center, Room 110
This talk will focus on a variety of inquiry-based learning (IBL) as
applied to a particular mathematics course, namely an introductory-
level linear algebra course taught at a public liberal arts university.
After a brief discussion of the philosophy behind IBL and similar
pedagogical motifs (guided discovery, Moore method, etc.), we will
turn to an application of the theory as we examine the construction
of an alternatively designed course from the ground up.
Beginning with the planning of the course, we will see how the choice
to use learner-centered methods influences the course design. From
there, we will examine sample activities, exercises, and assessment
tools, often considering these components from the point of view of
the students themselves. Along the way, we will highlight mistakes
and missteps, and compromises and corrections made to overcome those
mistakes and missteps.