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In Memory of

 Ronald G. Douglas (1938–2018)

Ron was a trustee of the Educational Advancement Foundation and a founding director  of The Initiative for Mathematics Learning by Inquiry. He had a long and distinguished career as a professor and mathematician, much of it in later years at Texas A&M University where he was also a former executive vice president and provost. In addition to significant mathematical contributions, especially in operator theory, Ron was an influential educator, regarded, for example, as the father of the calculus reform movement during the late 1980s.  In a recent article, he described a major factor in his own education:

A little more than fifty years ago, I entered a classroom at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), where I was a freshman, and had an experience that changed my life. The professor, Pasquale Porcelli, was teaching calculus using an inquiry-based approach I learned later was called the Moore Method.  (“Inquiry-Based Learning: Yesterday and Today”. Notices of the AMS, 2012. 59: 668-669.)

Thanks for an incredible conference!

We were so pleased to have such great attendance – and such rich conversation at the 2018 IBL Conference. Thank you to our sponsors, incredible volunteers, presenters and attendees. Can’t wait to see you next year!

Creating MLI’s First Strategic Plan

Special thanks to those of you that completed our electronic community survey last fall. 

The process, by the numbers:
105 responses to our electronic survey
23 Committee members
10 Steering Committee members
3 Virtual Meetings of the Steering Committee
2 weekend Workshops of conversation, debate and learning (December 2017 & March 2018)
Resulting in: 
1 plan to expand and support the community of IBL practitioners and researchers at the pre-college and college levels.
The plan will focus on five areas:
  • Regional IBL Communities
  • Partnerships and Collaborations
  • Professional Development
  • Advocacy and Marketing of IBL
  • MLI Organizational Infrastructure

Special thanks to our incredibly engaged committee members:

Linda Braddy, MLI Board, Tarrant County College

Mark Daniels, University of Texas – UTeach

Paul Dawkins, Northern Illinois University

Brianna Donaldson, AIM

Dana Ernst, Northern Arizona University

Ryan Gantner, St. John Fisher College

Bill Hamilton*, MLI Board

T J Hitchman*, Northern Iowa University

Angie Hodge*, Northern Arizona University

William “Bus” Jaco, MLI Executive Director

Ted Mahavier*, Lamar University

Alison Marr*, MLI Board, Southwestern University

Vilma Mesa*, MLI Board, University of Michigan

Doug Mupasiri, Northern Iowa University

Michael Oehrtman*, Oklahoma State University

Victor Piercey*, MLI Board, Ferris State University

Chris Rasmussen*, MLI Board, San Diego State University/ UC-San Diego

Mike Starbird, University of Texas

Francis Su, Harvey Mudd College

Nina White, University of Michigan

William Velez, University of Arizona

Christine von Renesse, Westfield State University

Ulrica Wilson*, Morehouse College

*Steering Committee Member

Stay tuned! We can’t wait to share it with you and learn more about how we can best support IBL in mathematics.

The Past 20 Years and the Next 20 Years

MLI was pleased to join the Educational Advancement Foundation (EAF),  the Academy for Inquiry Based Learning, and the IBL Special Interest Group of the Mathematical Association of America in sponsoring the 20th annual IBL conference:

“Constructing the Future of IBL Conference:
The Past 20 Years and the Next 20 Years”
as a part of MathFest 2017 in Chicago, IL,
5:30pm to 9:30pm July 28, 2017.

This marked the 20th anniversary of what has been known as “The Legacy of RL Moore Conference” sponsored by EAF.  For at least the last 10 years it was recognized that the event had outgrown this name and was meeting a growing demand as a venue for mathematics teachers to share experiences in, or begin to learn about,  a broad range of student-centered, inquiry-based learning methods.

The focus has been mainly on undergraduate college and university mathematics teaching, and now the co-sponsors of this event offer further ways for this community to interact.

Some 200 attendees enthusiastically managed to get the most out of the limited time available.  Many expressed the hope that in future at least a full day, with more time for meeting people,  might be arranged.

The program included a poster session accompanied by the serving of hors d’oeuvres (and a cash bar):

  • IBL Mathematics Enrichment with Middle School Students (Axel Brandt)
  • An IBL Consortium in the Midwest (Susan Crook)
  • Abstract Algebra in Indonesia, the US, and Jordan (Kathi Crow)
  • The Coding for Community Program (Liza Cummings)
  • Enhancing a Partially Flipped Trig. Classroom w/IBL (Ranthony Edmonds)
  • Using Portfolio Problems and IBL Classroom Practices (Emilie Hancock)
  • What is MLI? (William Jaco)
  • The IBL SIGMAA (Brian Katz)
  • Exam Wrappers to Promote Metacognition (Jacqueline Jensen-Vallin)
  • The MD-DC-VA IBL Consortium (Amy Ksir)
  • A Model Regional IBL Network (Patrick Rault)
  • Using IBL in Classes with Fewer or Shorter Meetings (John Ross)
  • Searching for Understanding {and Hikers} (Silvia Saccon)
  • Towards Guided Reinvention (Bob Sachs)
  • Addressing Premonitions about IBL w/ Large Class Size (Milos Savic)
  • Using GeoGebra to Foster Discovery (Violeta Vasilevska)
  • IBL Training and Outreach at Univ. of Michigan (Nina White)
  • PRODUCT: PROfessional Development & Uptake through Collaborative Teams (Stan Yoshinobu)

This was followed by a panel discussion (Aditya Adiredja, Carol Schumacher, Talitha Washington) on “IBL Diversity: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” and questions from the audience.  Then an hour of a dozen or so “roundtable discussions” in parallel focusing on various topics and, in conclusion, sharing ideas as a whole.

The evening was rounded off by an inspiring plenary talk by Stan Yoshinobu of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Director of the Academy of Inquiry Based Learning. After describing some seemingly daunting goals for insuring the continuing improvement of education, he called for people to sign up and help meet these “moonshot” challenges for the next 20 years.

The 2010 IBL conference, Austin, Texas