|dc.description||On October 16-18, I attended ICDE 25th 2013 conference hosted in Tianjin of China. At the conference I presented a paper titled: “An Interactive OER Course Development at Athabasca University based on ODL Principles to Increase Completion Rates in Calculus”, which was written by Dr. Sandra Law and me. This paper documents an Inukshuk Wireless-funded project that involved the design and development of an authoring tool (Athabasca University Tutor Authoring Tool or AUTAT) that was used to create a set of standalone learning modules intended for use by students struggling in first-year calculus courses. Introductory calculus is a popular course at universities across Canada but has one of the lowest completion rates of all courses offered at the introductory level. Interactive components of the just-in-time learning modules were designed using the AUTAT.
This paper was awarded as a) The Honorable Mention of the Best Paper of ICDE25th; b) ICDE Prizes for Innovation and Best Practices of 2013; This award recognizes all of the work done by a team of AU employees (learning designers, editors, web specialists, visual designers, Flash specialists, and faculty) to move mathematics instruction into the online environment and to participate in the open education movement (by providing the learning modules and the AUTAT to the world at large through the AU OCW site http://ocw.lms.athabascau.ca/course/view.php?id=5). We would like to acknowledge the assistance of content experts and instructional designer from member institutions within the Canadian Virtual University (CVU) for their reviews of the modules. The work completed on this project has informed course design in mathematics, e.g. use of MathML (W3C recommended format for displaying mathematics online).||en