Calculus Instruction in Atlantic Canada Conference

This two-day workshop is an opportunity for calculus instructors from across Atlantic Canada to come together and discuss evidence-based pedagogy and innovative instructional methodologies used in introductory calculus courses. 

After the plenary speaker each morning participants will have the opportunity to attend an afternoon of workshops to discuss the morning’s talk and collaborate on creating a common framework of calculus concepts and course materials to address the needs of students in our region.

When: May 29th & May 30th, 2018
Where: Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia

A tentative schedule is posted.

Registration: Please email to register.
Conference fee $30 to be paid through EventBrite : click here

Confirmed Plenary Speakers: 
  • Dr. Costanza Piccolo 
    Instructor, University of British Columbia
    Talk Title: Can we take a scientific approach to Mathematics teaching and learning
    Abstract: In 2007, the Faculty of Science at the University of British Columbia  launched the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative (CWSEI), a multi-year project conceived by its Nobel-laureate namesake. The goal of  CWSEI has been to improve science undergraduate education by adopting a scientific approach to teaching and learning and implementing effective, evidence-based practices. In this talk, I will present the overall CWSEI model and how it has been implemented in the Mathematics Department at UBC since 2008; in particular, I will discuss the main areas of focus of  Math-CWSEI, some of its accomplishments and contributions. Finally, as Math-CWSEI is entering its final year of activities, I will share some of  my reflections and lessons learned during these 10 year-long initiative.

  • Dr. David Bressoud
    Director of the Conference Board of the Mathematical Science & DeWitt Wallace Professor of Mathematics, Macalester College
    Talk Title: Lessons from the National Study of Calculus Instruction 
    Abstract: Since 2009, the Mathematical Association of America has conducted a series of National Science Foundation-sponsored  studies of the mainstream Calculus sequence. These have included surveys and case study visits. This talk will provide an overview of what we have learned about how these courses are taught, their effect on students (especially women and underrepresented minorities), the practices of the most successful departments, and the degree to which departments are taking up these best practices.

Caroline Cochran - Acadia University
Danielle Cox - Mount Saint Vincent University
Eva Curry - Acadia University

Tara Taylor - St. Francis Xavier University

Thank-you to our sponsors:

Acadia University                
Atlantic Association for Research in the                                                                              Mathematical Sciences   

  • Nelson                                 Science Atlantic Math & Stats Committee