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Idle Math Games

Intro With the invention of smartphones has come a new genre of video games commonly referred to as “idle games”. Frankly, I love them. The term “idle” comes from the fact that most of these games are designed to progress regardless of whether the player is logged into them (or really, they just recompile based …

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The comment I write most frequently as a reviewer or editor involves the word “traditional”. In most cases, I don’t think this word is doing what it needs to do, and in a lot of cases, I think it’s doing some harm. First, the term “traditional” doesn’t communicate anything about that tradition. Lots of authors …

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Call for Papers: Special Issue on developing the teaching capacity of early-career mathematics instructors

The journal PRIMUS (Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies) announces a special issue on developing the teaching capacity of early-career mathematics instructors. Jessica Deshler (West Virginia University) and Sarah Mayes-Tang (University of Toronto) will guest edit the special issue. An often-told anecdote among mathematicians is that of being handed a textbook and a class …

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What makes a good PRIMUS review?

Post by Matt Boelkins, Editor-in-Chief The purpose of this post is to offer some guidance for referees regarding what is most helpful to authors and editors in the review process, including how we interpret terms like “major revision”. At PRIMUS, we are invested in the overall project of helping students learn collegiate mathematics effectively; we …

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Editors’ Picks 2020

One of the exciting elements of being the Communications Editor is that I get to connect people with the exciting papers in PRIMUS that I think will impact their professional work for the better. In support of this goal, Taylor & Francis allows us (Matt Boelkins, Kathy Weld, and me) to select papers each year …

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Curated Collection: Assessment

The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken loose the cobwebs in all corners of the discussion about assessment in tertiary mathematics education. Faculty are being creative about assessments in new media, are being forced to acknowledge long-standing inequities and harm in the status quo, and are being given or are demanding the freedom to make changes that …

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