The journal PRIMUS announces a special issue on the creation and implementation of effective homework assignments. Judy Holdener (Kenyon College) and Sarah Greenwald (Appalachian State University) will guest edit the special issue.
With the use of online homework on the rise, many faculty are concerned that online systems inevitably place less emphasis on the development of the students’ writing and in some cases critical thinking skills. Additionally, faculty struggle with the reality that the internet supplies students with free and easy access to many if not all solutions to homework problems in undergraduate math textbooks. In this session we hope to focus attention on the question “What makes a homework assignment in mathematics effective?” while addressing ways in which we might implement such effective assignments in our own classrooms. We especially encourage papers that provide concrete examples of effective homework design with attention given to how the presented examples achieved the instructor’s desired learning goal(s). We welcome examples of all types of homework assignments from across the undergraduate mathematics curriculum, including online and traditional “paper-and-pencil” homework. Finally, we encourage authors to discuss ways in which they were able to implement effective homework to overcome the challenges stemming from student access to solutions and the limited time instructors have for providing feedback.
Papers for this special issue should be approximately 10 to 12 pages in length, although there is some flexibility. Supplementary materials, such as appendices and color illustrations, may be published in an online version. PRIMUS (Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies) is a leading journal for exchanging ideas about teaching collegiate mathematics. PRIMUS appears in print and online formats. PRIMUS publishes lively and engaging articles for a readership comprised primarily of practitioners.
Papers must be submitted through the online submission system at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/upri. Submissions will be accepted until April 5, 2017. Papers are refereed and must meet both PRIMUS's standards and the focus of the special issue for consideration.
We also extend a call for referees for the special issue, especially those who have significant experience with or interest in novel approaches to the design and implementation of homework assignments. Please let us know if you would be willing to serve as a referee.