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Using Online Materials/Videos to Enrich Linear Algebra for Scientists

Author(s): Sarah Hews

Hampshire College

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Part of the 2015 SMB Minisymposium: Topics in Biomathematics Education

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Version 1.0 - published on 03 Jan 2018 doi:10.25334/Q4937T - cite this


Linear algebra is an important course for biology majors but it is usually designed for math majors (emphasizing proofs) or engineers (focusing more on matrix algebra and algorithms). Furthermore, unnecessary prerequisites limit the opportunity for biology majors to fit it into their schedule. This talk shares an experiment using MIT’s open courseware linear algebra videos to teach a linear algebra course without prerequisites that targeted biology majors. I will discuss the learning goals for this type of course, how I edited and adapted the videos under the creative commons license using Camtasia, the student perspectives and learning outcomes, and the next steps to make linear algebra more widely accessible for biology majors.

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