The PRogramme of Innovation in Mathematics Education is all about redesigning mathematics courses for engineers. As such it is part of the Interfaculty Teaching from the department of Applied Mathematics (DIAM) at TU Delft.
The aim of this innovation is to redesign the current math courses for non-math students to a blended learning cycle design intended to:
- improve study results,
- improve connection between mathematics and engineering,
- increase students active participation and motivation.
Courses are designed following the blended learning cycle: prepare, participate, practice.
In 2014, the forerunner of PRIME started with a pilot of the course Analyse 1 at the faculty of Civil Engineering. This pilot has been made possible with financial support out of the “studievoorschotmiddelen”.
PRIME, a success story in turbulent times (27 March 2020)
Due to the current situation, off-campus education is probably the only way for students to finish this academic year. The transition from on-campus to off-campus education is easier for courses within PRIME than for regular courses. A lot of educational material is already available online, such as: PowerPoint slides, pre-lecture videos, context videos, and animations. Applets and the online homework platform Grasple, which provides feedback, are being used by students to practice. Students within PRIME-courses are already active by using all abovementioned offered materials and platforms to prepare themselves properly.
To make all courses complete online: Collegerama, Virtual Classroom, live streaming options and Questions & Answer sessions are being added to the PRIME-format. In the first weeks of this new situation, it became clear that the participation of students and the interaction between students and lecturers could be improved. We are working on that one right now!