Category Archives: Workshops

Three sessions for the National HE STEM Programme Conference

I have just heard that three sessions I proposed for the National HE STEM Programme Conference (4-6 Sept 2012) have been accepted.

This means I will be contributing:

Perhaps I will see you there.

Immediate reaction: Placements for mathematics undergraduates workshop

Yesterday Tony Mann at Greenwich ran a workshop ‘Placements for mathematics undergraduates’ as part of his Models of industrial placements project. A talk about placement formats from Veronica Benson (Reading) set the scene. In the morning we heard examples of schemes for placing undergraduates in schools at Greenwich and Portsmouth from Noel-Ann Bradshaw (Greenwich), Ann Heal and Susan Gibbs (Portsmouth). After lunch Nadarajah Ramesh (Greenwich) outlined the Greenwich sandwich placement scheme and Tony Mann (Greenwich) outlined an innovative scheme for placing undergraduates in companies for one half-day per week as part of a credit-bearing alternative to the final year project.

Looking through the feedback forms, delegates rated all sessions, the event as a whole and contacts made as valuable. Some delegates would have liked more time for discussion, although this is hard to predict in advance and one delegate points out there is “never enough time for discussions!” One delegate commented:

Very useful meeting in all respects – both for finding out common and different experiences/attitudes, etc. Thank you.

Using social media to engage students – a list

I am running a workshop today on using social media to engage students, particularly mathematical sciences undergraduates. I think this is an emerging area about which little is known. I’ve tried to think of some examples of what you might do with these technologies. What do you think of my list? I’d be pleased to hear suggestions for additions, or stories about when you’ve tried this and how it went, in the comments.

How we assess mathematics students: a workshop at BMC

If you are attending the British Mathematical Colloquium next week look out for a workshop on ‘How we assess mathematics students: a survey and case studies’. This is being run by our assessment project ‘MU-MAP – Mapping University Mathematics Assessment Practices‘.

This project was funded as a result of the HE Mathematics Curriculum Summit, which was concerned that mathematics at HE could benefit from a wider range of assessment methods but that the research wasn’t available to the community to inform assessment decisions. The project is completing a literature survey of assessment practices, developing case studies and studying the costs and effects of change in assessment methods.

The workshop details are available on the BMC 2012 website. The abstract is below:

This workshop will present findings from the MU MAP Project: Mapping University Mathematics Assessment Practices.
MU MAP (supported by the MSOR Network through the Mathematical Sciences HE Curriculum Innovation Project) surveyed assessment practices across university mathematics in the UK and developed resources in the form of case studies of assessment of mathematics at undergraduate level. In the workshop we will present results from a survey of assessment methods in UG mathematics, and invite mathematics lecturers who took part in the project to present their case studies of assessment. We will also discuss the costs and effects of the change in assessment practice in the light of the case studies presented.

5 workshops: Maths Strand Outputs in the National HE STEM Programme

The Mathematical Sciences Strand of the National HE STEM Programme has announced five free workshops to disseminate its outputs. I will be presenting on the outputs and outcomes of the HE Curriculum Innovation Project.

A dynamic one day workshop sharing the outputs of the Maths Strand of the National HE STEM Programme with a wide range of resources to take away for HE mathematics departments.
This workshop will be repeated in 5 different locations.

Click on the workshop below to see the details and how to register:

Invitation: Mathematics Group Work and Asperger Syndrome

The following announcement about a meeting of our working group on ‘Group work’ on 13th March in Bath is being circulated. Please pass this message along to colleagues who may be interested.

Subject: Invitation to working group meeting, 13th March: Mathematics Group Work and Asperger Syndrome

Dear All,

This project is looking at the advantages and disadvantages of group
work used in Mathematics degree programmes especially in relation to
students with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Our aim is to build a community of academics that use group work for
assessment and developing graduates’ skills. We realise that students
with Asperger’s Syndrome may have difficulties participating in group
work thus hindering them from accessing the benefits particularly in
terms of graduate / employability skills development.

Our first meeting will be held at the University of Bath on Tuesday 13th
March from 11am – 3.30pm approx. There will an opportunity for all
involved to share their thoughts and current practices. Speakers will
include Barrie Cooper (University of Exeter) on group work in
mathematics and Daniel Aherne (National Autistic Society).

Please contact Noel-Ann Bradshaw (n.bradshaw@gre.ac.uk) and Emma Cliffe
(E.H.Cliffe@bath.ac.uk) if you would like to attend the meeting at Bath
on 13th March, are interested in attending a subsequent meeting at
Birmingham or contributing to this work in any other way.

Please pass this message along to colleagues who may be interested.

Kind regards,

Emma Cliffe and Noel-Ann Bradshaw

Final few months

I am distributing this message where possible to encourage interaction with this project in its final few months. Please pass it on if possible. You can link to this post or copy the text below into an email. Thank you!


The Mathematical Sciences HE Curriculum Innovation Project, operated by the MSOR Network as part of the National HE STEM Programme www.mathstore.ac.uk/hestem will end on 31st July 2012. In these last few months there are several opportunities to engage with this activity and these are listed below.

Regards,

Peter.

1. Working groups

We are supporting working groups on the following topics:

– Work-related learning
How realistic is work-related learning at university, and how realistic should it be?
Do you deliver on, or are you involved in the development of, work-related learning modules in mathematics? This is an opportunity to discuss the appropriate content in such modules, in particular the extent to which realism in the world of work is achievable and also necessary. From this, we will form a consensus on suggesting key requirements for a work-related module, and subsequently jointly publish these findings in an ‘Engaging with employers’ booklet.
This group will hold its first meeting at the University of Salford 10am-12noon on 7th March 2012
Please email Edmund Chadwick e.a.chadwick@salford.ac.uk if you would like to attend or to be informed about group activities.

– Group work
This project is looking at the advantages and disadvantages of group work used in Mathematics degree programmes especially in relation to students with Asperger’s Syndrome. Our aim is to build a community of academics that use group work for assessment and developing graduates’ skills. We realise that students with Asperger’s Syndrome may have difficulties participating in group work thus hindering them from accessing the benefits particularly in terms of graduate / employability skills development.
This group will hold its first meeting at the University of Bath on Tuesday 13th March from 11am – 3.30pm approx. There will an opportunity for all involved to share their thoughts and current practices.
Please email Noel-Ann Bradshaw n.bradshaw@gre.ac.uk if you would like to attend or to be informed about group activities.

– History of Mathematics in the HE Curriculum – contact Tony Mann a.mann@gre.ac.uk

– Using Statistics Effectively in Mathematics Education Research – contact John Marriott john.marriott@rsscse.org.uk

2. Workshops

The following workshops are arranged:

– Work-related Learning, University of Salford, Wednesday 7 March 2012
http://mathstore.ac.uk/node/2051

– Group Work, University of Bath, Tuesday 13 March 2012
http://mathstore.ac.uk/node/1984

– Media Enhanced Teaching and Learning – Dissemination Meeting, University of Nottingham, 24 April 2012
http://mathstore.ac.uk/node/1967

– Placements for Mathematics undergraduates, University of Greenwich, Monday 14 May 2012
http://mathstore.ac.uk/node/1869

– Being a professional mathematician, University of Greenwich, Tuesday 15 May 2012
http://mathstore.ac.uk/node/1870

Further workshops are being planned, including topics such as problem solving, social media and use of statistics in evaluating mathematics education development. Please keep an eye on the project events page for further details as they become available:
http://mathstore.ac.uk/node/1858

3. Seminars at your institution

Peter Rowlett is available to travel to your institution and deliver a seminar (at no charge) on work that has taken place under this project. These could be on one of a number of topics including the HE Curriculum Summit and its outcomes, developing graduate skills, disabled students accessing mathematics and techniques for making lectures more interactive. Please get in touch via p.rowlett@bham.ac.uk if you would like such a seminar or to discuss topics in more detail.

4. Conferences

The CETL-MSOR Conference 2012 will take place from Thursday 12 July – Friday 13 July 2012. The Early Bird deadline for conference registration is 5th May 2012. Registration and further details are available via:
http://mathstore.ac.uk/conference2012

The National HE STEM Programme conference will take place from Tuesday 4th to Thursday 6th September 2012 at the University of Birmingham. Details:
http://www.hestem.ac.uk/event/he-stem-event/national-he-stem-programme-conference

5. Travel grants

We have a travel grants scheme available, designed to support individual travel either for a seminar speaker to share an innovative curriculum development or for members of staff from different institutions to discuss collaboration. You can get full information and a short application form via:
http://www.mathstore.ac.uk/node/1811

6. Further information

As this project enters its final phase please keep an eye on the website at http://www.mathstore.ac.uk/hestem and the project blog at https://mathshe.wordpress.com for news from projects, upcoming events and publications.


Peter Rowlett
HE Curriculum Innovation Advisor, Maths, Stats and OR Network
School of Mathematics, University of Birmingham
p.rowlett@bham.ac.uk / www.mathstore.ac.uk/hestem