Connected Curriculum Project Notes

June 20, 2001


URL for these notes:

Several of the CCP modules have "Workshop" versions. Each of these will be described briefly, and then participants may visit the module(s) of their own choice.

  1. From each title page, click on Go to Module to reach the Contents page.
  2. On Contents page, click the Maple WS button (for Workshop version).
  3. Choose the Open option, which will start Maple 6.
  4. Resize windows as shown below.
  5. Go to Part 1 for student instructions on the Web. Follow what students are expected to do by reading the Maple page.

The Workshop modules are


Supplementary Reading:
Notes for a longer CCP Workshop, July, 2000, with updates to 2001

Frank Wattenberg, who originated the concept of the Connected Curriculum Project, until recently was the director of Math Forum -- he will soon join the faculty of the US Military Academy. Frank's CCP material is still available at Montana State University.

In the beginning of CCP, we also worked with folks at California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo. Their materials are mostly longer, interdisciplinary projects.

Another important member of the CCP development team is Bill Mueller, until recently an employee of Mathsoft, where he worked on the Mathsoft Learning Site. Bill worked with us on the layout of the site and the format of web pages. His Design Principles, located on the CCP site, includes examples of good and bad design for onscreen materials, along with summaries of the research on design principles.

A new development is the NSF-sponsored National Science Digital Library. NSF has made the first awards, one of which went to the Mathematical Association of America to create the Mathematical Sciences Digital Library (MathDL). The technical side of the MathDL is handled by Math Forum.

MathDL has three components, only the first of which is operational at this time:

Another development to watch is the soon-to-be-functional Mathematics Markup Language (MathML). This will be a language implementation in XML, a language for writing web pages, and will allow the correct display of online mathematcs without using graphic images. Morover, MathML will allow formulas to be captured from a web page and pasted as "live" formulas in a variety of computer algebra systems.

Yet another activity of interest is the development of metadata for mathematical materials. These "tags," included in the source for a web page, will identify such features of the page as the type of content, the educational background required, and any additional software needed. This will enable sophisticated searches of online materials, including cross-disciplinary searches throughout NSDL. Here is a link to the task force working on this effort: Mathematics metadata. The CCP materials do not have these tags at present, but when they are deposited in MathDL, the metadata tags will be added.

Click here to return to the workshop homepage.