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Vale Leon Poladian

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Dear FYiMaths Colleagues

It is with great sadness that I write this post to tell you that our colleague Leon Poladian has passed away.

As many of you will know, Leon made a significant contribution to tertiary mathematics education through his involvement with FYiMaths, his leadership in the National Mathematics Summer School, through establishing connections with education colleagues  at the University of Sydney, and of course through his teaching of many thousands of students.

We will all remember Leon in different ways, but when I think of him the words that come to mind are dedicated, passionate, quirky, funny, brilliant, forthright, great dancer, friend.

If you are able to attend Leon’s funeral the details are:

Camelia Chapel Macquarie Park Cemetery & Crematorium (MPCC)

10:30 AM on Tuesday (Please arrive by 10:15)

20 February 2018

Committal at Macquarie Park Cemetery (Ryde), at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, 20 February 2018.

If travelling by train alight at North Ryde train station.

The pedestrian gate on Delhi Road (below) opposite the train station is OPEN during cemetery hours.

There is ample on-site parking.
This website has a map of the cemetery.

https://northerncemeteries.com.au/macquarie-park/find-us/

Leon requested that in lieu of flowers a donation in his name could be sent to

The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse
http://www.mylifehouse.org.au/support-lifehouse/a-gift-in-memory/

The Lifehouse took great care of Leon in the final stages of his illness.

Deb King

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FYiMaths NSW Workshop this week

Don’t forget the next FYiMaths NSW workshop will be held on Thursday the 22nd of June, 2017 at Western Sydney University.

The theme is:

Mathematical cavities: what do we want our students to know, how do we know what they know and what they don’t know, and how can we help them once we do know what they don’t know?

Date: Thursday the 22nd of June, 2017

Time: 10am to 5pm (arrive 9:30 for tea, coffee and networking).

Venue: Western Sydney University, Parramatta South campus, Victoria Rd Rydlemere.

Registration is free. Please register at: https://goo.gl/forms/u4ymfMADerRs4PxW2

A dinner will be held after at the Thai Garden House, 526 Church St, North Parramatta (dinner at your own cost).

If you have any queries or would like to submit an abstract for presentation, please email Leanne (l.rylands@westernsydney.edu.au) or Don (D.Shearman@westernsydney.edu.au).

 

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Send us your News!

Dear FYiMaths members and followers,
If you have any articles or publications written by yourself or others that you would like us to post, please send a link to us at fyimathsproject@gmail.com !

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FYiMaths 2016 Workshop

Yes there will be a FYiMaths workshop in 2016.  Date yet to be confirmed.

The theme will be problem-based learning, so get your submissions ready to go!

More details to follow shortly.

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Universities should require science, engineering and commerce students to know their maths

Article in the Conversation here

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@fyimaths working to raise awareness

In the wake of the University of Sydney’s decision to introduce mathematics prerequisites, AMSI Director Geoff Prince writes in the AFR (4/2/2016) about how university requirements have an impact on mathematical capabilities needed in the workforce.  ‘It was FYiMaths which discovered the extent of prerequisite failure in Australia and they are actively engaging universities to persuade them of the dangers of relying on “assumed knowledge” of maths.’ 

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USyd announces maths pre-reqs

From 2019 students will need to have passed the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) two-unit Mathematics subject to enrol in any engineering or IT bachelor degree, nearly all science bachelor degrees, and bachelor degrees in economics, commerce, pharmacy and veterinary science at The University of Sydney.

Read more: http://www.afr.com/news/policy/education/in-a-bid-to-lift-its-standards-sydney-uni-takes-a-stand-on-maths-20160129-gmh44i#ixzz3ysDRjwOk

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New resources – Irish T&L papers

A new addition to the Research page – The new website of the  National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (Ireland), which aims to draw on the irish tandl nat forum websiteexamples of great practice in Ireland and internationally in order to help shape the delivery of an outstanding teaching and learning experience at third level in Ireland. The have a searchable database of conference papers and articles. Lots of interesting mathematics papers.

 

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Mastery Learning to Address the Assumed Maths Knowledge Gap #mathsed

In case you missed this article in IJISME late last year – Mastery Learning to Address the Assumed Mathematics Knowledge Gap Encourage Learning and Reflection, and Future-proof Academic Performance, by Layna Groen, Mary Coupland, Julia Memar, Tim Langtry.  Using mastery learning to help underprepared students is showing some promising results at UTS.

Also listed on our Resources/Teaching page  under Dealing with student diversityijisme

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Irish uni drop out rates linked to maths

In Ireland the mathematics entry requirements for technology related degrees has been highlighted in recent newspaper articles. A report by the Irish Higher Education Authority released in recent days shows high drop out rates in technology related courses. A newspaper article highlights academics concerns that students struggle due to inadequate mathematics background and another reports that some colleges may consider raising their entry requirements for mathematics.

As in Australia these concerns are heightened by the need to boost workforce capabilities in IT and technology.

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FYiMaths end of year wrap

We wish all our network members a happy christmas and a restful holiday break. Here’s a brief newsletter of the year’s highlights and conference listings for 2016. all the best, Joann and Deb

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FY Co-ordinators in Science and Maths

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The ACDS is offering national workshops to explore big issues for first year teaching and build a cross-disciplinary support group for first year leaders.

• Are you co-ordinating first year subjects in science and maths?

• Are you a nominated first year co-ordinator, director or transition leader across science and maths disciplines?

…come to solve problems and stay for the community

When: Melbourne Wed 3Feb and Sydney Fri 5 Feb.

Cost: Free.

Details available here.

 

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OLT Award for Michael Jennings

We would like to congratulate Michael Jennings from the School of Mathematics and Physics at University of Queensland on receiving an Office for Learning and Teaching Award for Teaching Excellence recently.michael-jennings.jpg

Michael is an Associate Lecturer in Mathematics, currently completing a Phd in mathematics education, who coordinates a number of first year mathematics subjects and has a research interest in the students’ transition from secondary to university mathematics. His teaching philosophy is based on identifying and then building upon students’ current knowledge and he relates mathematics to everyday contexts through real-life case studies that illustrate the usefulness and beauty of mathematics.  Michael uses technology to gather data and then design innovative resources that support diverse student cohorts, including the internationally renowned Get Set feedback system.

Michael has been an active member of the FYiMaths network and has been involved in number of OLT projects in recent years, including GetSet formative feedback system and SmartAss self-testing system, as well as numerous projects at UQ.

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Maths prerequisites?

updateIn the new issue of The Update (Nov, 2015), AMSI Director Geoff Prince writes about the consequences of removing maths prerequisites from university entry and how reinstating them is an important step in sustaining mathematical capabilities – with expert commentaries from Ian Chubb, Alan Finkel, Deb King, Scott Ryan and Terry Speed.

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#Delta2015 abstracts and proceedings

The Delta 2015 conference was held this week in Port Elizabeth, Sth Africa.

delta elephantThe abstracts and papers are now available online.

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Report on FY Calculus in USA

The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) has recently released a report on why so many students who succeed in high school calculus then struggle in first year college calculus.  While the US education system has challenges related to specifics of secondary education and curriculum, there are many similarities with the challenges for mathematics education here.

In particular the report highlights the mismatch between students’ high level of confidence entering first year and their subsequent failure or low grades. It is also clear that while some students can master advanced concepts, they do not have a solid enough background in more fundamental mathematical concepts.

An article in the US Conversation about the report states,

the crux of the problem: students lacking the requisite foundational abilities may not succeed because the college faculty member expects them to be at ease with these more basic ideas, freeing them to absorb and understand the new, more conceptual material.”

 

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FYiMaths NSW seminar @UTS

The FYiMaths NSW group are holding a free one day seminar at UTS on Friday 11 December.  It is open to all interested secondary mathematics teachers and academics teaching in undergraduate programs.

Further details are available here. Register now for limited places.

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@fyimaths celebrating 20k hits

Today we reached 20 000 hits on the FYiMaths website, with over 10 000 of those in this year alone! The site has become the hub for our network and has been key to raising awareness and building connections.

We receive hits from all over the world, with most interest from Australian, USA, NZ, India, UK and Brazil.  Our most popular topics are workshops and conferences, particularly links to slides and presentations. Job advertisements, news items and articles are also increasingly popular.

The network is currently expanding with new state based groups in New South Wales and Western Australia establishing connections between universities and with secondary teachers. We will continue to hold an annual national workshop mid year in Melbourne and work to support collaboration in research in undergraduate mathematics education.

We aim to keep the site current and respond current issues in mathematics education and the interests of our network members.  If you would like to suggest content, or contribute a blog post, event or share information, please get in touch by contacting  joann.cattlin@unimelb.edu.au 

 

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Developing a community of practice?

Communities of practice can be an effective means of initiating and developing teaching innovations and supporting SoTL in higher education.

A four day course organised by the Communities of Practice Developers and Facilitators’ Institute is being held in Adelaide from 7-10 December.  The course is aimed at academic leaders and practitioners in universities who are engaged in or interested in designing, implementing and facilitating CoP to support innovation in teaching and learning.

The event is being hosted by The University of Adelaide.  More details are available here.

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Fellowships for women at Delft University of Technology

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Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands is aiming to substantially increase the number of top female faculty members. To help accelerate this, Delft Technology Fellowship offers high-profile, tenure-track positions to top female scientists in research fields in which Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is active. For more information see the University website. 

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