Dan Wolczuk, Faculty of Mathematics
Amanda Garcia, Systems Design Engineering
Joslin Goh, Statistics and Actuarial Science
(Project timeline: May 2018-April 2019)
The goal of this project is to assess the potential impact that comics can have in undergraduate mathematics courses. A series of comics supplementing the usual course material will be created and incorporated into the MATH 136 course offered in the Spring 2018 term. Data will be collected through LEARN analytics, student surveys, and focus groups to draw a portrait of how students use the comics, perceive them, and learn from them.
Research has shown that comics are beneficial to various aspects of student learning; however, there is little scholarship focusing specifically on university mathematics courses. This project aims to narrow this research gap and to introduce the use of an innovative pedagogical tool designed to augment students’ learning experience.