First-Year Maths and Stats in Canada

Time to Rethink Our Curriculum?

May 3-5, 2019 :: University of Alberta :: Edmonton, AB

The goal of this conference is to drastically rethink the first-year university mathematics curriculum. What skills and knowledge do we want students to develop and gain in mathematics courses? What pedagogical methods are most effective? How can we create an active learning environment in large, first-year mathematics courses? Is the technical mastery of calculus, linear algebra and statistics really the most important learning objective of first year mathematics courses? This conference will bring together Canadian university mathematics faculty at all levels to discuss and actively engage in a much needed mathematics curriculum renewal process.

Registration: Online registration is now closed.


  • Keith Mertens: Bridging the Gap
  • Yvan Saint-Aubin: Teaching Modeling in First Year
  • Linda Braddy: Should We Put the "Active" in Learning?
  • Scott Rodney: Calculus in a Small University Environment

Friday, May 3

Welcome reception


Keith Mertens (cofounder of Reification)

Bridging the Gap

Saturday, May 4

What should we teach?


Linda Braddy (Tarrant County College)

Should We Put the "Active" in Learning?

Yvan St-Aubin (Université de Montréal)

Teaching Modeling in First Year

Sunday, May 5

Active learning


Scott Rodney (Cape Breton University)

Calculus in a Small University Environment


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