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Three principles of instructional reform underlie all Project activities.

To develop connections in both instruction and curriculum between mathematics and mathematically based disciplines,
To increase the use of technology in all courses, and
To continually assess and refine the Project's activities, materials, and strategies.

Examples of Consortium activities include:

•  Expanded use of group learning, open ended exercises, writing by students with less reliance on lecturing by faculty. (See Projects: Changing Modes of Instruction and Learning)

•  Developing new multidisciplinary courses. Examples include Digital mathematics, drawing on problems and modes of reasoning from engineering, physics, computer science, mathematics, and psychology; and mathematics of Fairness and Equity, involving social sciences, business and mathematics. (See Projects: New Multi-Disciplinary Courses)

•  Extensive use of educational technology across the curriculum; for example, when a particular differential equation comes up in a mechanical engineering course, a hypertext lesson would have links to background materials in mathematics as well as examples of the same or similar differential equations arising in other engineering and natural science settings. (See Projects: Use of Educational Technology)

•  Day-to-day and general coordination of instruction across the curriculum; for example, freshman physics instructors and calculus instructors will coordinate weekly syllabi, and key examples, with each other's courses. (See Projects: Connections Between Mathematics and Other Quantitative Disciplines)

•  Completing instructional reform throughout the calculus sequence and undertaking reform in courses below the level of calculus. (See Projects: Calculus Reform and Precalculus Reform)

•  Reworking the curriculum for future mathematics teachers to reflect the needs of the NCTM Standards. (See Projects: Teacher Training)

•  Assisting groups that are underrepresented in quantitative disciplines. (See Projects: Helping Underrepresented Groups)

•  Developing unified courses in statistics and other mathematical sciences topics now taught in multiple departments. Projects: Unifying Courses in Different Departments)

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The Long Island Consortium is sponsored by the NSF Initiative: Mathematical Sciences and Their Application Throughout the Curriculum, DUE #9555142. The original NSF proposal can be accessed by clicking here.

Last updated October 7, 1997. Please direct comments or suggestions to [email protected]