This repository contains the files for a grant proposal to Northern Arizona University's 2012 Faculty Grant Program. The proposal seeks to fund the initial development of an Open Problem Library (OPL) in Mathematics. This is joint work with Gavin LaRose (University of Michigan) and Spencer Hamblen (McDaniel College).
This proposal seeks to develop an Open Problem Library (OPL) consisting of an extensive online database of innovative, well-tested, and documented mathematics problems that instructors and students may use in a variety of contexts. Any user will be able to search this library for problems by course, topic, type of problem (e.g., computational, conceptual), level of difficulty, and other characteristics. Problems will be contributed by the community of users and will have associated descriptive information that will include user feedback and comments, as well as statistics on the frequency of a problem's use. Users will be able to rate problems using a commonly understood "like" feature, create and share collections of problems they may refer to later for homework, quizzes or exams, and comment on problems for the benefit of other users. The library will support different problem formats, the ability to translate between them, and will be able to interact with other applications (for example, online homework systems) to provide problems for them. The OPL will address a current need in undergraduate mathematics education: the need for a widely available source of good problems that instructors can use in a variety of educational venues. Much of the learning that takes place in mathematics is driven by students' work, and the success of that learning is fundamentally dependent on the types of problems on which they work.