And that’s not all. He has also developed a series of instructional videos for his students in Calculus 1 and Statistical Analysis featuring interactive graphics and charts that students will view between class sessions. Weinberg said the videos are designed to help students better visualize and understand complex math concepts and serve as jumping off points for class discussions.
“Students will not be hearing me do a lot of live lecturing this semester,” said Weinberg, who’ll also be teaching one section of Pedagogy and Practice for the Mathematics Teacher this fall that helps prepare math students for a career in teaching. “Instead, we’ll devote more time to classroom discussion and working collaboratively in small groups to explore and solve problems.”
Weinberg and Matt Thomas, associate professor of mathematics, studied the impact of videos on student learning through a grant from the National Science Foundation. Preliminary results suggest that students can struggle to realize when they do and don’t understand things being presented in instructional videos, highlighting the importance of carefully structuring the video-watching process and promoting discussion and reflection.