Sam Drury's Teaching Page


When I gave my first course back in 1971, I had absolutely no training in teaching. That's still the case, but at least now I have over thirty years of experience. The most rewarding part of teaching is interacting with students.

According to my philosphy, there are two kinds of classes:
Over the years I have written many sets of notes for courses. The following are available for download:
For the maths service classes I am a strong believer in the WeBWorK system developed by Prof. Arnie Pizer and Prof. Mike Gage at the University of Rochester but now maintained by the MAA. WeBWorK is an internet based method for delivering homework problems to students over the internet.

WeBWorK enhances the educational process in several ways. By providing students with immediate feedback as to the correctness of their answers, students are encouraged to make multiple attempts until they succeed. By individualizing problems, cheating is discouraged. By providing instructors with real-time statistics, lesson plans can be customized to better serve students. Teaching assistants are released from the chore of marking written assignments and can spend more time interacting directly with students.

The major way in which WeBWorK differs from other web-based homework systems is in the way problems are written. The PG  language allows the inclusion of both Perl and LaTeX code, allowing problem authors to take advantage of the syntactic efficiency of Perl and the typographical flexibility of LaTeX (which is pretty much necessary for rendering mathematics expressions).