I've been teaching, off and on, since 1970 and in those years I have managed to figure a few things out. Lately, I have found myself using computer-moderated methods in all my courses. In the case of distance courses, almost all instruction is of this form. At first, I attempted to counter the barriers imposed by the technology, but in recent years, I have attempted to capitalize on the advantages of such instruction, as well. However, at all times, I strive to keep basic educational principals in mind.

This is not an authoritative site. I do not claim to have all the answers or even know all the questions. Nevertheless, this is a list of some papers and presentations, as well as some resources I have found to be useful.

- J, Mullen. Enhancing Interaction in Distance Education Courses. Presented at the
*First Friday Series*, New Mexico State University, 1/13/2006. - J. Mullen. Casting a Wider Net: Teaching Mathematics in an Inclusive Education Setting. New Mexico State University. July 1997.
- J. Mullen. Inclusion 97: Strategies to Improve the Inclusion of Learning-Disabled Students in Middle-School Science and Math Classrooms. A workshop for middle-school teachers, New Mexico State University. June 1997.
- J. Mullen. “Strategies to Improve the Inclusion of Learning-Disabled Students in Middle-School Science and Math

Classrooms.” New Mexico State University. June 1996. - J. Mullen. “Making it real.” Proceedings of the 1996 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Engineering Education, Gulf-Southwest Section.” The University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX. 3/96.
- J. Mullen and R. Berger. “Experience and Experimentation in Industrial Control.” Conference Proceedings, ASEE North-Midwest Section. October, 1987.
- J. Mullen. “A Compact Model of a Computer Controlled Mill.” Proceedings of the Seventh Annual Conference on Computers and Industrial Engineering, Orlando, Florida, March 1985.
- J. Mullen. “Issues in teaching mathematics to included students with learning disabilities,” New Mexico State

University. July 14, 1997. - J. Mullen. “Improving teaching of mathematics problem-solving,” Las Cruces Public Schools. June, 1997.
- J. Mullen. “Improving the teaching of Engineering Problem-Solving,” College of Engineering, New Mexico State University. 1/8/97.
- J. Mullen and Elisa Poel. “Assisting those with learning disabilities,” part of Peer Staff Training, Student Support Services, New Mexico State University, January 10, and August 21, 1995.
- J. Mullen, A. Hyde, L. R. Jones, and M. Glidewell. “Using simulations to promote problem-solving. Center for Educational Development, New Mexico State University. January 29, 1993.
- J. Mullen, E. Conley, E. Johnson, and L. LaFrance. “The importance of concurrent engineering.” Corbett Center, New Mexico State University, January 13, 1993.
- J. Mullen. “Cost-effective Electronic Control Laboratory Modules.” Industry Day Conference on CAD/CAM, Iowa

State University, Ames, IA. April 1986. - J. Mullen. “A Model of A Three Axis Contouring Mill Workstation.” 1984 Annual International Conference and Industrial Engineering Show, O'Hare Exposition Center, Chicago, IL. April 6-8, 1984.

- J. Mullen. “SEM Summer Workshop (RASEM): Strategies to Improve the Inclusion of Learning-Disabled Students in Middle-School Science and Math Classes. $18,817. 5/96 - 2/97.
- E. Steelman (PI). J.Mullen (Faculty participant) “ARCO Minority Retention Program.” 1992 - 1994.
- John Mullen. “Development of a Low-Cost CNC Workstation.” Iowa State University IE Department and Engineering Research Institute. 1/85 - 12/85. $12,000.
- John Mullen. “Development of a Low-Cost Laboratory to Teach Industrial Controls.” Engineering College, Iowa

State University. 5/83 - 5/84. $18,000.

- George Pólya (1973).
*How to Solve It!*, 2nd ed. Princeton University Press. QA11 P6 1957.*A very compact presentation of both a method to solve complex problems and a method to teach that method. I've been using this since 1962 and it has always worked well.* - George Pólya (1963).
*Mathematical Methods in Science*, volume IX of*Studies in Mathematics*, Leon Bowden, ed., Office of Educational Research and Improvement, Washington, D.C. ERIC Report 162872.*Detailed presentations of topics from geometry and trigonometry through differential equations.* - F. R. Curcio, Ed. (1987). Teaching and Learning: A Problem-Solving Focus. Reston, VA: The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
*Although designed for k-12, I found many useful ideas for all levels of instruction.* - E. deBono (1967).
*The Five-Day Course in Thinking.*New York: Basic Books.*Good ideas for developing critical thinking.* - E. deBono (1974).
*Children Solve Problems.*New York: Harper & Row.*Some examples.* - Gardner, M. (1982).
*aha! Gotcha:*Paradoxes to Puzzle and Delight. New York, NY: W. H. Freeman & Co.*Some simple puzzles I use in teaching a first course in probability and statistics.* -
NIST. (2001).
*NIST Engineering Statistics Handbook*. beta. 2001, from http://www.itl.nist.gov/div898/handbook/index.htm.*An excellent online reference I use in several courses that involve statistical experiment design and analysis.* -
Paskusz, G. (1996, March 27-29, 1996). A Freshman Problem Solving Class. Paper presented at the Proceedings of the ASEE Gulf-Southwest Section Meeting, The University of Texas at San Antonio.
*Some simple, but highly-productive ideas.* -
Paul Sloane, D. M. (1993). Challenging Lateral Thinking Puzzles. New York: Sterling Publishing Co.
*I use the puzzles themselves and Sloane's approach in several courses. There are other books by this author and others of this ilk.* - Piaget, J.
*The Origins of Intelligence in Children*.*A surprisingly insightful and lucid presentation on how children can and do learn.* - Siegel, J. P. R. a. A. F. (1960).
*Counterexamples in Probability and Statistics*. Monterey, CA: Wadsworth & Brooks/Cole.*Sometimes, a single clear counterexample can speak more loudly than volumes of discussion and proofs.* - Smith, L. G. a. W. (1993).
*The Cartoon Guide to Statistics*. New York, NY: Doubleday.*Some students find this helpful.* - Stevenson, H. W. (1992). Learning from Aisian Schools.
*Scientific American*(December), 70 -76.*An interesting insight to differences between teacher-led and student-led approaches.* - Townsend, C. B. (1992).
*The World's Greatest Puzzles*. New York: Quality Paperback Book Club.*Another good puzzle book.*

Last revised 3/2/2008 by J. Mullen