On May 29th and 30th , Acadia University hosted the first annual Calculus Instruction in Atlantic Canada symposium. This brought together 21 instructors from 8 universities in the Atlantic region to discuss the design and implementation of introductory calculus using evidence-based pedagogy.
Two plenary speakers, Dr. Costanza Piccolo (UBC) and Dr. David Bressoud (Macalester College, USA), provided information on best practices in calculus instruction. This informed small-group discussion periods in the afternoon which looked at the similarities and differences in calculus instruction at Atlantic universities, evidence-based resources for improving our courses, and infrastructure to promote ongoing discussion of ideas, and resource sharing. Science Atlantic helped fund this event, with additional funding provided by AARMS, Acadia University, and Nelson Publishing.
Given the interest from participants and questions that came from our discussion groups, there will be a second symposium, Bridging the Gap: Highschool and University Mathematics, at MSVU on May 24th and 25th of 2019.
Michelle McPherson, Program and Membership Support Officer, will present the initial findings from a community research project conducted in collaboration