Our teaching model emphasizes active learning using evidence-based teaching strategies. Some key elements of the MSLL approach are:
1. A "one-stop shop" experience: MSLL consists of a large Problem-based Learning (PBL) classroom, a Testing Lab, and faculty offices, all located in one center. In addition to class times, MSLL is open for "Open Lab" 6 days a week, for about 30-35 hours per week. Open Lab is a time when students can drop in to work on their math homework, study for math exams, and/or receive free math tutoring from undergraduate math/math education majors on staff.2. A collaboratively designed, shared curriculum:
The core MSLL faculty have collaboratively developed instructional activities for each class session of each course. These activities define exactly what mathematical problems will be worked on during each class and are designed to support students' conceptual understanding, problem solving skills, and ability to communicate about mathematics. Using a shared curriculum allows for a level of coherence and consistency across sections that is atypical of most multi-section courses. Moreover, implementing a shared curriculum in every section of the course enables us to study the effects of the course (rather than the individual instructors) over time.3. Active learning strategies:
Class time is spent providing students with opportunities to be active learners where they can grapple with key mathematical ideas, communicate mathematically, and develop conceptual understanding of the topics they are learning. Students work in groups of 2 to 6, solving and discussing math problems while the instructor and classroom assistant circulate around the room, probing student thinking and providing guidance. Lecture is kept to a minimum.