Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
The Crux: Promoting Success in Calculus II
In the 2013-14 school year State University launched a major overhaul of Calculus I. In subsequent years we developed a tool kit of assessments to gauge the effects of this transformation on students success and retention. The tool kit includes -- Pass rate and GPA in Calc I. -- Longitudinal analysis of pass rates and GPA in subsequent courses. -- Impact of Calc I on retention in STEM and retention at State University. -- All of the above comparing students in reformed Calc vs traditional Calc. -- All of the above for URM, women, or other demographic subsets. These tools were developed to study the Calc I project, but have since become regularly used tools in other courses are State University. Results from Calculus I have been published in a sequence of papers over the last 3 years.
It is accepted wisdom that the crux of the Calculus sequence is the second term. Knowing this, State University overhauled Calculus II in the 2015- 16 school year following the same general plan as the overhaul of Calculus I. Pass rate and GPA improvements were evident immediately after scale up in the spring of 2016, but other metrics were not available until now. Sufficient time has passed so that we can apply the full set of assessment tools built for Calculus I to measure the effectiveness of the Calculus II transformation.
In this paper we will describe the new Calculus II course and report on the findings from applying all of the above assessments.
Bullock, D., & Callahan, J., & Cullers, J. B. S. (2018, June), The Crux: Promoting Success in Calculus II Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--31085
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