Report from the classroom: the initial results are encouraging…

We’ve completed a mid-semester survey of 34 freshman college mathematics students who have been using deep learning methods for the first time. Here are just a few of the results…

Two-thirds of the respondents felt that deep learning methods were difficult to understand at first, but 85% indicated that by mid-semester they understood what was expected of them in using the new methods. 80% said their understanding of the course curriculum improved more than they had originally expected.

This is from a group in which over half indicated their previous classroom experience in mathematics was not positive.

The percentage of students indicating that deep learning methods should not be used in a college freshman mathematics course was only 6%. 71% indicated that deep learning would help improve the understanding of mathematics for non-STEM majors.

We still have our work cut out for us, but the responses we’ve been getting so far encourages us to keep going…

Flipping the classroom – but not in the usual way

Whoever heard of taking a class where they don’t give you the answers to the questions? And the final exam doesn’t even have any questions?

No, we’re not talking about some far-out school of thought that claims there are no right or wrong answers.  Be assured, for many types of problems, there are right answers and there are wrong answers.  The difference is, we believe you learn a lot more if you are allowed to figure them out for yourself.

But how will you know if you have the right answer?

You’ll know. And you’ll have more confidence than ever in your answer because you’ll have opened your mind to your innate (and often suppressed) ability to reason, which is inherent in all human beings.

You may be confused by what you see happening in the world.  Who isn’t?  The problem is, the world has become so complex that sometimes when you encounter a new problem, you can’t just look it up.  But you can be the person who comes up with a solution.  And no robot or search engine will ever be able to do that.

This is how to succeed in the 21st century. This is how you will get ten times, even a hundred times more out of your education than most.

Stick with us – it’s going to be an amazing journey!