SEFI edition:41 location:Leuven, Belgium date:16-20 September 2013
The first phase Calculus course for Bachelor of Engineering: Architecture at KULeuven is based on a handbook (Calculus, Adams) that is accompanied by an online practicing system (MathXL - MyMathLab Global).
Using MyMathLab Global we provide several homeworks with exercises. These homeworks serve two aims: 1. They help students refresh and update their knowledge about the basic mathematics they studied in secondary school. 2. They help students understand the new topics and practice their computational skills.
Doing these homeworks is not obliged, but strongly advised a.o. by means of bonuspoints that can be gained. We try to find out whether there is a link between the efforts made by the students, their scores on the homeworks and the success rates at the final exam.
As a side topic we investigate the advantages and disadvantages of an English textbook and English online exercises in a Dutch course.