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Maths Education presentations @AustMS now available

This year at #AustMS2015 at Flinders University there were 20 Maths Education presentations – the second biggest special session at the conference.  Slides and video of many of these presentations are now available online. You can also still access presentation slides from the 2014 AustMS conference on the FYiMaths page.

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Have you published recently in Maths Ed?

Review of Research in Mathematics Education at Tertiary Level

Every four years, there is a publication from MERGA (Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia), which is a review of research in mathematics education published in those four years by Australasian authors. For the period 2012-2015, Mary Coupland (UTS) is working with the team which is writing about research in mathematics education at tertiary level.

The team has located over one hundred such articles, book chapters etc. by searching over 70 journals. This was an exhaustive effort and we have covered the main journals in this space such as IJMEST, HERD, Delta conferences etc.

This is an invitation to FYIMaths members to write to (Mary.coupland@uts.edu.au) with FYIMATHS in the subject line, if you would like to verify that publication(s) of yours have been identified for inclusion in this chapter. Please include a full reference in APA style.

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New conference listings on FYiMaths

I have updated the conference listings today…..

  • 3-7 July, 2016, MERGA , at University of South Australia, Adelaide.
  • 16-20 Dec, 2015, Asian Technology in Mathematics Conference (ATCM), Leshan, China.
  • 31 Mar – 2 Apr, 2016, International Network for Didactic Research in University Mathematics (INDRUM) 2016, Montpellier, France.
  • 6-7 September 2016, CETL – MSOR* Conference, Loughborough University, UK.

*Continuing excellence in teaching and learning in mathematics, statistics and operations research.

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UNSW L&T Seminar Friday 30th October

unsw-students-security-safetyUNSW is holding another L&T seminar this Friday. David Angell and Thomas Britz will present on some practical teaching and assessment techniques (The School of Mathematics and Statistics, UNSW) at 4pm in RC-2063. Red Centre building, UNSW.

For more details see this flyer

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UNSW L&T seminar tomorrow

unsw redcentreThe next UNSW Maths/Stats Teaching and Learning Seminar will be this Friday (tomorrow) at the unusual time of 4.15pm in the School of Maths Common Room at UNSW, RC-3082. More information here

The 2015 Teaching Fellow in our School at UNSW, Geoff Carroll, will give his Reflections on his year at UNSW.

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New Maths Ed special interest group @AustMS #SIGME

The new AustMS Special Interest Group in Mathematics Education (SIGME) is up and running and seeking members. An article in the current issue of the AustMS Gazette (Sept15) provides some background.

The group is open to all mathematicians, statisticians and mathematics teachers.  For more information about the group go to the SIG website.

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OLT Review finds dissemination and research impact could be better

The Campus Morning Mail (Stephen Matchett) comments yesterday (Exit OLT) on the review of the OLT. He highlights recommendations in the report by Ross Milbourne that dissemination and impact of teaching and learning research should be a priority of the new institute.

The findings from the FYiMaths project indicate that academics teaching mathematics certainly need better access to information about research and resources to support teaching. Their most reliable sources of information were colleagues  – with most keen to expand their networks.

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Creating the future: Biomed Forum 2016

8 – 10 December, 2015. Creating the Future: Biomed Forum 2015, Shine Dome, Canberra.bean

A 3 day forum bringing together academics from a wide range of disciplines sharing research and practices related to the biosciences, including mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics. Enquiries to: Steph Beames – s.beames@uq.edu.au
Registration by 27 November.

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Maths Discipline Day @ACSME2015 2/10/15

Are you going to the Aust Conference of Science and Mathematics Education in Perth?  Have you signed up for the free mathematics discipline day at Murdoch University?  If not, its not too late.  Go to the ACSME registration page.

The program has just been finalised – and will be up on the ACSME site soon.  In the meantime you can access it here.

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QILT-what does it mean for learning and teaching?

The new website Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) is now online. It allows students (and others) to qilt screen shotcompare universities and disciplines in the form of graphs using data from the University Experience Survey, Course Experience Survey, Employer Satisfaction Survey and Graduate Destination Survey.

Some comments so far……

Editorial comment on CMM about QILT.

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Is the lecture really dead? talk by Deb King, CSHE @unimelb 1pm 16/9/15

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Dr Deborah King, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Melbourne.

The lecture has attracted its fair share of bad press in recent times but, like Mark Twain, have reports of its death been greatly exaggerated?

In this talk Deborah will present a maths-eye view of the lecture including how to manage subjects with large (~1000) enrolments and present SES data collected from her own subjects.

Wednesday 16th September, 1-2pm, Centre for Studies of Higher Education, The University of Melbourne, Theatre 2 (B120), basement, 221 Bouverie Street, Carlton. Register here.

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UNSW Mathematics and Statistics Learning and Teaching Seminar 18/9/15

UNSW Mathematics and Statistics Learning and Teaching Seminar Series  unsw redcentre

Friday 18th September, 4pm, A/Prof Leon Poladian, The University of Sydney, on “Using Journal articles to build and assess communication skills in undergraduate mathematics”.

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FYiMaths NSW Event – @UTS 11 December

The FYiMaths NSW group will be holding their next all day workshop on Friday 11th December at UTS.  Further details will be available soon.uts

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Guest lecture at La Trobe – Acquiring and applying a shared meaning of QS across core FY science units

Jackie Reid of the University of New England will be presenting at La Trobe University about the OLT Extension Grant – Acquiring and applying shared meaning of quantitative skills across core first year science units, with a focus on distance education 

On Wed 2nd Sept, at 3pm, Room 310 (Ace Room) in Physical Sciences 2 bldg, La Trobe University, Bundoora.

more details available here

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Guest Lecture at UniMelb- Mentoring first-year female students in STEM degrees

We are very pleased to be hosting a guest lecture by Jackie Reid, Lecturer in Statistics and First Year Learning and Teaching Coordinator (Science and Technology), at the University of New England.melb uni maths bld tree

Balancing the Equation: A mentoring program for first-year female students enrolled in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)

Thursday 27th August, 3-345 pm

Location: Richard Berry-M01 (Russell Love Theatre), School of Mathematics and Statistics, The University of Melbourne, Parkville.

Further details. RSVP to joann.cattlin@unimelb.edu.au

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SMART directory – links to resources on teaching

The SMART directory is an Australian Council of Deans of Science project that provides access to information about teaching science and mathematics.

The site is in beta testing phase and you are encouraged to use it and provide feedback. Access from the ACDS T&L site.

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FYimaths membership

Have you added your name to our membership lists? We would like to increase the visibility of our membership as a way of helping mathematicians and mathematics educators get in touch with others. If you are looking for partners for a research project, seeking some advice on a particular topic, want to get in touch with those you met at an event or establish contact with some local mathematicians – the FYiMaths network is a good place to start.

If you haven’t already, consider signing up to our membership pages and have your contact details and interests posted on the site.

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GetSet diagnostic test – new website

You may have heard of the GetSet diagnostic test developed as part of an OLT project involving The University of Newcastle, The University of Queensland, University of New England, University of Technology, Sydney.

The test has now been adapted for use in a wide range of disciplines through an OLT extension project lead by Michael Jennings at The University of Queensland.  As part of this project a new GetSet website has been created.  Check it out.

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Link between Tertiary Science Education and Employability-Call for papers

A call for papers is now open for a special issue of the International Journal of Innovation in ijismeScience and Mathematics Education (IJ-ISME) will focus on the link between tertiary science education and employability.

Further details are available here.

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Aust Fin Review article highlights impact of assumed knowledge

In the Australian Financial Review today, AMSI Director, Geoff Prince highlights the statistics on mathematics entry requirements.  This is the data we recently collected in our survey.  

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