Baby Steps for Introducing Modeling First

By Dina Yagodich

Mathematics, Frederick Community College, Frederick MD USA

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This talk was presented at the AMS Special Session  on the Modeling First Approach to Teaching Differential Equations at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, 7 January 2017, Atlanta GA USA.

Changing a teaching style is often a daunting task, especially for a course such as Differential Equations. With so much subject matter to cover, trying to move to a modeling-first method all at once can dissuade instructors from the attempt. Dina Yagodich will discuss how she added the Modeling First method, starting from a single first-day-of-class M&M modeling activity to integrating modeling more consistently through the course over four semesters, from traditional face-to-face classes to online courses. In addition to modeling, Dina also switched to OER textbooks, which allowed for more flexibility in content. 

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