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Writing good questions for online exams

Sometimes it’s necessary to have an online exam. This became true during COVID, but I think I’ll keep it up. Every time you can put an assessment online, you give yourself more time in the classroom. Learning doesn’t really happen during the assessment, so why give one when you’re around? You can save that time […]

Reflection on the end of the semester

As we finish up another year, I always look back and see what I could have changed, and what would have been an improvement. I keep coming back to the idea that, if I can get students to buy into the method sooner, they will have better outcomes. I’ve always believed that if students revise […]

The value of productive struggle

A colleague teaching trigonometry with inquiry-based learning sent me a complaint a student had made to his department chair. The student’s issue was “He doesn’t teach anything, he just stands there and keeps asking me questions!”. To me, this encapsulates the difference between encouraging or discouraging struggle in the classroom. If is comfortable for students […]

Welcome to the IBL Dynamics Blog

As the name suggests, the IBL Dynamics Blog is dedicated to discussing dynamical systems and inquiry-based learning. ¬†We created this blog as a companion to the CRC Press textbook Discovering Dynamical Systems Through Experiment and Inquiry and its companion website ibldynamics.com¬†authored by Tom LoFaro and Jeff Ford. We hope to use this blog to foster […]


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