As I mentioned in my previous post, I am toying with the idea of teaching my spring Complex Analysis course in an Inquiry Based Learning/Modified Moore Method style. I am not sure exactly what this means yet, although the students would be
allowed required to work together. I would also likely allow the students to use outside references to get solutions to problem. But the basic “solve a problem from basic axioms/definitions/theorems and present it to the class”-structure would apply.
Here are my reasons for considering an IBL/Modified Moore Method course:
- It is a way of having a very student-centered classroom (which promotes learning).
- It gives students valuable experience presenting.
- It gives students ownership over their learning.
- I have spoken to many people who swear by this method.
- The textbook would be inexpensive (copied course notes from The Journal of Inquiry-Based Learning in Mathematics).
Here are reasons why this is a good course to experiment with this teaching method:
- It is a terminal course, so people are not expecting me to “get through” a certain amount of material.
- It will be mostly juniors and seniors; it is often helpful to experiment with scary teaching situations with a group of students who want to be there and can help you out.
- The class size will likely not be too big.
Has anyone tried it? Comments? Persuasions? Hints on how to succeed?