Dear Colleagues, Friends, & Supporters,
Read the interview with the DAoM team just published by "DUE Point", a blog hosted by the MAA reporting on NSF DUE grant projects (more about DUE Point). Many thanks to Erin Moss, co-editor of DUE Point for her interest in our project!
The interview helps shed some light on the vision for and impact from the DAoM project, and also points to some of the challenges encountered in the process.
Many liberal arts and humanities students are served by single-semester courses generally known as Mathematics for Liberal Arts (MLA) courses. Because many MLA students’ negative prior experiences in mathematics have left them with unhealthy perceptions of the subject and their own abilities, it is incumbent on faculty to provide our students with positive experiences that challenge these perceptions. This can seem like an enormous task to many faculty. Our project was designed to address these challenges by creating an active learning environment that supported MLA students in connecting mathematics to their disciplinary interests.