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WebSIGMAA members attending the Hartford MathFest will find many interesting talks and events. Most notable will be the WebSIGMAA Reception and Discussion from 5:00 to 6:30pm on Friday, August 2 in Room 17 of the Connecticut Convention Center. Be sure to stop by for some refreshments followed by an open discussion of a few topics of interest to our membership:

  • How do you augment the traditional classroom with online resources?
  • What are the emerging technologies for teaching mathematics? What will we see in the next 2-10 years?
  • What are the emerging pedagogies related to learning mathematics online?

Below are some of the highlights from the scientific program. Full information is available at


2. Teaching with Classroom Voting and Clickers

Part 1, Thursday, August 1, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Connecticut Convention Center, Room 24
Part 2, Friday, August 2, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Connecticut Convention Center, Room 24

This minicourse will provide participants with an overview of classroom voting pedagogy in a wide range of college mathematics courses. Time will be spent discussing the logistics of classroom voting using clickers as well as recent research on this type of pedagogy. Participants will play the role of students in a voting demonstration, explore an online library of over 2300 classroom voting questions, prepare a lecture with voting questions for use in one of their own courses, and try their hands at writing some questions.

Holly Zullo, Carroll College
Jean McGivney-Burelle, University of Hartford
Ann Stewart, Hood College
Christopher Storm, Adelphi University

Contributed Paper Sessions

Best Practices for Teaching Online Courses

Thursday, August 1, 1:00 p.m. – 4:55 p.m., Connecticut Convention Center, Room 14

Online education is becoming increasingly common, and many institutions desire to offer courses online. Some faculty members are tasked with developing and teaching online courses without adequate training for doing so effectively. This session seeks to share ideas to help instructors of online courses. The focus will be on teaching courses completely online, rather than using online tools to augment a face-to-face class. Possible topics include strategies for delivering content, engaging students, fostering discussion and collaboration, and assessment in an online environment. Presentations about particular technologies useful for online classes are also welcome.

Matthew Wright, Huntington University

Bridging the Digital Divide: Building a Sense of Community and Improving Student Engagement
1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Amy Wheeler, Hondros College

Collaboration and Assessment Strategies for Teaching Online Undergraduate vs. Graduate Courses
1:20 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.
Magdalena Luca, MCPHS University

Fostering Online Discussion in Introductory Statistics
1:40 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.
Jacci White, Saint Leo University
Scott White, St. Petersburg College

Teaching Online Courses to Overseas Students
2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Xinlong Weng, University of Bridgeport

Getting Started in MY Online Math Class
2:20 p.m. – 2:35 p.m.
Carol Hannahs, Kaplan University

Teaching Online and Face-to-Face Students in the Same Class
2:40 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.
Elizabeth Miller, The Ohio State University

Creating a Community Within an On-line Class
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Cornelius P Nelan, Quinnipiac University

Teaching an Activities Based Course Online
3:20 p.m. – 3:35 p.m.
Donna Flint, South Dakota State University
Becky Diischer, South Dakota State University

Raising Standards for Math Practice Software
3:40 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.
John C Miller, The City College of The City University of New York

Living it Up with Live Binders: Organizing Faculty Shared Web 2.0 Resources
4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Lea Rosenberry, Kaplan University
Leslie Johnson, Kaplan University
Michelle Lis, Kaplan University

Using Digital Game-Based Learning in Online Math Courses
4:20 p.m. – 4:35 p.m.
Tamara Eyster, Kaplan University
Lea Rosenberry, Kaplan University

Teaching Statistics Online Using Blackboard Collaborate
4:40 p.m. – 4:55 p.m. 
Eric Ruggieri, College of the Holy Cross

Teaching Calculus, Part 1

Friday, August 2, 8:30 a.m. – 10:25 a.m., Connecticut Convention Center, Room 15

Kristi Meyer, Wisconsin Lutheran College
Thomas Hagedorn, The College of New Jersey

Assessing Maplets for Calculus: Best Practices for Instructors and Software Developers
8:30 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.
Douglas B Meade, University of South Carolina
Philip B Yasskin, Texas A&M University
Raymond E Patenaude, University of South Carolina
Robert Petrulis, EPRE Consulting LLC

Maplets for Calculus Expands Offerings in Precalculus, Calculus and Differential Equations
8:45 a.m. – 8:55 a.m.
Philip B Yasskin, Texas A&M University
Douglas B Meade, University of South Carolina
Matthew James Barry, Texas A&M University

Using Programming to Understand Limits in a Calculus II Class
9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.
Amanda Harsy Ramsay, IUPUI (Indianapolis University Purdue University Indianapolis)

Video Games and Calculus
9:15 a.m. – 9:25 a.m.
Derek Thompson, Trine University

iPads in the Classroom: A Departmental Project at the University of Hartford
9:30 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.
Mako Haruta, University of Hartford

Implementing the Flipped Classroom in a First-Year Pre-Calculus/Calculus Course
9:45 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.
Kristen Sellke, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Janel Schultz, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

SONET-MATH: Using Social Networks to Learn Mathematics
10:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.
Lori Dunlop-Pyle, University of Central Florida
Ivan Garibay, University of Central Florida
Ozlem Garibay, University of Central Florida
Amanda Koontz Anthony, University of Central Florida

Technology Enhanced Large Calculus Lectures
10:15 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.
Elizabeth Miller, The Ohio State University

Mathematics and Technology/Research in Analysis

Saturday, August 3, 1:00 p.m. – 3:25 p.m., Connecticut Convention Center, Room 26

Kristi Meyer, Wisconsin Lutheran College
Thomas Hagedorn, The College of New Jersey

Are You Ready for R
1:00 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.
Joseph Manthey, University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, CT

Applets Embedded in WeBWorK Homework Problems
1:15 p.m. – 1:25 p.m.
Barbara Margolius, Cleveland State University

Using Lurch in an Introduction to Proofs Course
1:30 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.
Nathan Carter, Bentley University
Kenneth G. Monks, University of Scranton

Technology in the Mathematics Classroom
1:45 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.
Helmut Knaust, The University of Texas at El Paso

Creating and Analyzing Chaotic Attractors Using Mathematica
2:00 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.
Ulrich Hoensch, Rocky Mountain College

An Introduction to Formal Laurent Series
2:15 p.m. – 2:25 p.m.
Xiao-Xiong Gan, Morgan State University

Classifying Rational Points in Generalized Cantor Sets and Cantor Like Sets
2:30 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.
Douglas Daniel, Presbyterian College

Geometric Approach to the Computation of Certain Definite Integrals
2:45 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.
Sergei Artamoshin, CCSU

Traveling Wave Solutions of the Porous Medium Equation
3:00 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.
Joseph A. Iaia, University of North Texas

Geometry of Fractal Squares
3:15 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.
Kristine Roinestad, Georgetown College


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