Professor Kathi Crow receives inquiry based learning grant
During the summer of 2011, assistant professor Kathi Crow was awarded a small grant by the Academy of Inquiry Based Learning to develop course materials for an inquiry based learning abstract algebra course. These materials consist of a skeleton of a book and the students will fill in the body to create the text for the course. This skeleton includes definitions and statements of theorems and the students then work together to provide the proofs. The professor's role in an inquiry based classroom is to facilitate the students' exploration of the material rather than to convey information. The majority of class time is spent with students presenting their work at the board and critiquing each other's work.
Dr. Crow is currently using these materials in her abstract algebra I course and hopes to test them at another university in the near future.