Monthly Archives: April 2011

Talk at Young Researchers in Mathematics: ‘Technology in mathematics HE teaching & learning’

At Young Researchers in Mathematics 2011, 14th-16th April 2011, University of Warwick, I gave the pre-dinner talk on the second night on ‘Technology in mathematics HE teaching & learning’. This is a demo of some ways people are including technology in their teaching, learning and assessment and follows the talk on the first night, ‘Innovation in mathematics HE teaching & learning‘, which was a lively discussion about university teaching.

Here is a recording:

There are many ways in which technology can be used to benefit students in mathematical sciences HE teaching and learning that you may wish to explore during your academic career. However, there are also ways in which technology can be misused, or a lot of effort can be undertaken to little or no benefit. This talk discusses developments in HE curriculum particularly relating to technology in teaching, drawing on examples from work funded by the Mathematical Sciences HE Curriculum Innovation Project, and discusses the process of determining when innovations are needed and whether they are effective.
Recorded at Young Researchers in Mathematics 2011, 15th March 2011, University of Warwick.
The Mathematical Sciences HE Curriculum Innovation Project is operated by Peter Rowlett, MSOR Network as part of the National HE STEM Programme.

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Funding call talk

Here is the section, extracted from my Young Researchers in Mathematics 2011 conference talk, that talks about the HE Mathematics Curriculum Summit and resultant Third Call for Funding that is now open until 13th May 2011.

Talk at Young Researchers in Mathematics: ‘Innovation in mathematics HE teaching & learning’

At Young Researchers in Mathematics 2011, 14th-16th April 2011, University of Warwick, I gave the pre-dinner talk on the first night on ‘Innovation in mathematics HE teaching & learning’. Here is a recording:

Here is the abstract:

There are many issues in mathematical sciences HE teaching and learning that, if you are just setting out on an academic career or hoping to, you will need to address during your time as a lecturer. A lively discussion considered mathematics HE teaching and what might be expected from graduates of mathematics degrees. The talk gave developments – recently undertaken or that may be needed – in HE curriculum, drawing on examples from work funded by the Mathematical Sciences HE Curriculum Innovation Project, including from a high level Summit convened in January 2011 to discuss priorities in curriculum development in HE mathematical sciences. Details are given of a £150,000 funding call for curriculum innovation projects in mathematical sciences which is currently open to bids.
Recorded at Young Researchers in Mathematics 2011, 14th March 2011, University of Warwick.

Intro to ‘Building on the Mayhematics Maths Cafe: supporting mathematics learning’

Recently I visited the University of Greenwich and met Noel-Ann Bradshaw, who received funding for a project to build on the initial success of the Maths Cafe. Here is Noel-Ann’s description of her project:

Our original project was based on Pevy, “The Portsmouth University Maths Cafe” (in Responding to the Mathematics Problem: The Implementation of Institutional Support Mechanisms, ed. Marr and Grove, MSOR Network 2010), adapting that successful student support mechanism to the special circumstances at the University of Greenwich (a very diverse student body, a campus with limited rooming availability and a centralised rooming system with no department owned-space).

To build on the success of the project we are seeking to extend this project to attract second and final year mathematics students, by providing a bigger range of games and puzzles, and to open the cafe to students in other disciplines, thus supporting mathematics across the University. In co-operation with the School of Engineering at our Medway campus we propose to stimulate similar Maths Cafe activities on that campus for Science and Engineering students. Many students find mathematics intimidating but are reluctant to attend ‘remedial’ classes and this approach offers the opportunity for students to seek support without identifying themselves as needing it.

We would like to use the facilities we are building up to support outreach efforts such as school masterclasses and taster days. Many of the mathematical puzzles are suitable for such activities and we propose to train staff and postgraduate students to use these props in outreach activities, to allow us to extend the current Maths Cafe opening hours.

Noel-Ann spoke to me about her project on the Mathematical Sciences HE Curriculum Innovation Project Podcast:

7 – Building on the Mayhematics Maths Cafe: supporting mathematics learning, Noel-Ann Bradshaw, University of Greenwich.