Introductory Courses

The pedagogic strategies discussed earlier in the context of general education courses for elementary education students and other non-science majors apply equally well to the introductory courses designed for majors in science, mathematics, and engineering. There are, of course, significant reform efforts already underway. For example, at UMass the lab for the large physics course for engineers is being redesigned; the lecturers in this course and in the introductory sequence for physics majors are experimenting with the Classtalk system mentioned earlier. Also, UMass has just hired new faculty members in Chemistry and Biology to integrate educational technology into introductory courses; these faculty will participate in the curriculum teams. STEMTEC will provide the resources to expand these reform efforts to other courses, both within those departments and elsewhere on the campuses of the participating colleges.

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