This site contains a comprehensive catalogue of video clip reference materials from course lectures outside of mathematics that use and apply mathematics. It is organized by mathematics application with four main categories: Statistics, Algebra and Pre-Calculus, First Year Calculus, and Second Year Calculus. The site is meant for mathematics instructors who want to show their students how mathematics is used. Students will get an authentic demonstration on where they will be seeing the math in their other classes.
Type of Material:
Collection of video reference materials
This site can be used in class or at home as practical motivation to learn or review the underlying mathematics.
Any Internet browser to access the catalogue, and Adobe Flash Player to access referenced videos.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
To learn/review material in different branches of mathematics and see how it is applied in a wide variety of fields.
Target Student Population:
Students in math courses relevant to a chosen subject.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Algebra, statistics or Calculus sequence depending on applications chosen.
The site provides a catalogues repository to lecture videos and notes indexed by mathematics application with four main categories: Statistics, Algebra and Pre-Calculus, First Year Calculus, and Advanced Math. The following information about each material is provided on the site: the math being used in the video, the link to the video clip, the time segment within the lecture that contains that mathematics application, the university where the course was taught, the course title, the name of the professor, and a brief but important “Teaching Ideas” description of the mathematical content, the application context and how it might be used in the relevant mathematics course. Some topics are split up between categories based on the level each topic is presented.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This catalogue of videos and notes make an excellent resource for students and instructors alike in many math classes. As it is mentioned by the author the main use for this site is for an instructor to show the video clip to the class either at the beginning of lecture as a hook or right after introducing the relevant topic to the class. The video clips from the site are not intended to replace a math lecture. Instead they should spark the interest of the students in the math class by demonstrating a practical application of the mathematical technique.
Classroom use requires careful preview by the instructor. Depending on the host site for the actual video, some videos jump easily to the identified segment, some jump with difficulty, and some freeze.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site has a very minimalistic design and is very simple to navigate. Each catalog entry has running time listed which is a very useful feature for an instructor who is planning to use the material in his class. The range and quantity of material catalogued here is astounding: There are 17 topics in Statistics, 49 in Algebra and Precalculus, 13 in Trigonometry and Vectors, 47 in First Year Calculus and 28 in Advanced Mathematics. Many topics list several related video clips.
Adding more graphics to the site would make it more visually appealing. In the future, identifying which videos are “talking head lecture” format and which incorporate effective multimedia would be helpful.
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