RUME Seminar

Applied Calculus and Gateway Assessments

Date: 11/10/2017
Time: 2:30PM-3:30PM
Place: 313 Armstrong Hall

Cody Hood

Abstract: The Applied Calculus course at West Virginia University draws a large number of non-stem majors with a wide variety of mathematical backgrounds and skill levels. In previous semesters, many students had completed the course without demonstrating a mastery of core calculus skills. This lack of mastery includes an inability to computationally calculate derivatives and integrals. As a result, gateway assessments were implemented to alleviate this problem, however this implementation had been challenging with over 1000 students enrolling in the course each year. This presentation takes a look at the implementation of gateway assessments since 2011 and identifies how it has developed and evolved to address potential problems that arise.

All are welcome.