Events

The network organises annual workshops, conference presentations, local seminars and guest lectures. We also promote and support events organised by other institutions and organisations which support teaching in mathematics and science.

Upcoming:
Australia & New Zealand Conferences
International Conferences
Seminars

 

Past Event Announcements:

29 Mar 2017: ACE Seminar, Barbara Maenhaut @ UQ

This seminar is broadcast via the AMSI ACE Network which means it is delivered as a videoconference, using Visimeet. To participate in this seminar:

  1. Book your local ACE facilities, if available (see here for a list of Mathematical Sciences departments with ACE facilities), OR
  2. If you don’t have ACE facilities available locally, contact Maaike Wienk at ace@amsi.org.au for a guest Visimeet licence which allows you to access the seminar from your desktop or laptop.

Important: Please contact Michael Jennings at UQ to notify him you will be attending the seminar.

 

Speaker: Dr Barbara Maenhaut (University of Queensland)
Title: Active learning in a large first-year discrete mathematics course
Time and place: 1pm, Wednesday 29th March, VISAC room, School of Maths and Physics, University of Queensland

Abstract:

Active learning is a term used to describe a range of teaching practices that encourage students to think during class rather than listen passively. The benefits of active learning approaches in science and mathematics courses have been well-studied, see [1] for a recent survey. At the University of Queensland we have recently implemented active learning techniques in MATH1061, our first-year discrete mathematics course. This course has an enrolment of approximately 400 students each semester, including students in Information Technology, Software Engineering, and Mathematics.

The variant of active learning that we have implemented is based on ideas from The Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative and ideas that have been used in the teaching of undergraduate physics at UQ for several years. Prior to class, the students are required to watch one or two short videos that cover the core concepts of the next class, recommended to read some pages of the textbook to see some additional examples of applications of those concepts, and required to complete a short quiz on those concepts. The quiz includes a feedback question that prompts students to identify any ideas they would like to have discussed in class. Then in class, the lecturer addresses any problems that the students raised in the quiz feedback question, and students work through problems and use an in-class response system to answer multiple-choice questions.

In this talk, I will discuss how this active learning technique was implemented in Semester 2, 2016 and discuss achievement data and feedback from students.

[1] S. Freeman, S.L. Eddy, M. McDonough, M.K. Smith, N. Okoroafor, H. Jordt, M.P. Wenderoth, Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 111 no. 23, 8410-8415.

More information here

 

Part of the AustMS/AMSI Teaching Seminar Series

17 Mar 2017: Seminar, Di Warren @ UNSW

This week at UNSW there is a Teaching and Learning Seminar at 4pm on Friday 17th March. This is a combined Teaching and Learning and Statistics Seminar. Everyone is welcome, and  encouraged to stay afterwards for discussion with the speaker over wine and cheese.

Speaker: Dr Di Warren, from the University of Sydney
Title: Choose your own adventure: Increasing motivation for Stats Literacy in large first year cohorts
Time and place: 4pm, Friday 17th March, RC-4082. (The Red Centre Building, UNSW)

Abstract:
While a first year Stats course has the potential to be extremely interesting and relevant, students often report the exact opposite, especially in large compulsory service courses.
In order to motivate students, we have introduced a greater emphasis on Stats Literacy, including a collaborative, self-directed assessment, in which students present a report on data of their own choice. This seems to result in better engagement by both students and tutors.
We’ll discuss the challenges, constraints, and lessons, with some exemplars.
Plus a short discussion on the future of Stats tables!

About the speaker:
Di  is overseeing the major relaunch of first year Stats courses at the University of Sydney in 2018, in the context of the new degree architecture. She is passionate about student motivation and engagement through educational innovation. Her most recent project was `Improving Statistical Efficacy through Engaged Enquiry and Student-Driven  Research in a Large First Year Course’ funded by a Strategic Innovation Grant (2015).
Seminar co-coordinator: Diana Combe <diana@unsw.edu.au>

10 Mar 2017: Seminar, Jim Pettigrew @ UNSW

This week at UNSW there is a Teaching and Learning Seminar at 2pm on Friday 10th March. Everyone is welcome.

Speaker: Dr Jim Pettigrew, Mathematics Support Hub, Western Sydney University
Title: Equity in Mathematics Education
Time and place: 2pm, Friday March 10th, RC-4082

Abstract:
In this talk I will outline (some) contemporary research tackling the questions of equity, access and disadvantage in mathematics education. I will also reflect on my experience in supporting the mathematical learning of students at Western Sydney University, many of whom are from non-English speaking backgrounds, are the first in their families to study at university, or are transitioning into higher education from disadvantaged educational, social or economic circumstances.

About the speaker:
Dr Jim Pettigrew is currently working as a lecturer at Western Sydney University (WSU) within the Mathematics Education Support Hub. Since completing his PhD in mathematics at UNSW in 2009, he has worked in a range of academic teaching and research roles. His teaching has been broad, covering areas such as developmental assessment for literacy leaders in the Catholic primary school system, fundamentals of teaching for tutors at Deakin University, and first level calculus for science students at WSU. His research work has mostly centred around the development and evaluation of student learning support programs, creation of online assessment systems, implementation of university-wide learning technologies, and analysis of staff and student digital preparedness for teaching and learning.

 

Please join the speaker for further discussion after the seminar over afternoon tea in the staff common room, Red Centre Building, RC-3082.
Seminar co-coordinator: Diana Combe <diana@unsw.edu.au>

14 Feb 2017: “Flip or Flop?” @ University of Sydney

“Flip or Flop?”: Considering the Flipped Learning Pedagogy in Curriculum Development

A seminar hosted for everyone interested in considering the flipped learning pedagogy in curriculum development.

Venue: University of Sydney, School of Maths and Stats, Carslaw Building Floor 5 (533a)
Time: February 14, 11am-2pm
Please let Di Warren (diana.warren@sydney.edu.au) know if you would like lunch provided.

Program
11-12 A Flipped Classroom Model to Teaching First Year Undergraduate Courses (Rena Bokosmaty)
12-1 Lunch
1-2 Designing Effective Flipped Learning Experiences (A/Prof Aberlardo Pardo)

Speakers:
Rena Bokosmaty is a postgraduate student researching flipped learning in Chemistry.
A/Prof Aberlardo Pardo specialises in technology enhanced learning in the School of Electrical and Information Engineering.

Abstract 1:
In the last decade, the Flipped Classroom Model (FCM) has received increased recognition for revolutionising traditional didactic teaching. This talk will outline the use of the FCM to renew the teaching style in first year undergraduate chemistry courses. These courses blend and integrate the use of guided-inquiry based learning activities with online learning activities to promote an active, student-centred learning environment with increased student-instructor and peer interactions. Personalised student support has been embedded in these courses leading to improvements in retention and student learning outcomes. This design has the potential to influence future initiative and provides valuable insight on how this FCM could be used and implemented in wider disciplines particularly in mathematics courses.

Abstract 2:
Student engagement is one of the indicators we usually focus when trying to improve the overall quality of a learning experience. The so-called flipped learning strategy proposes scheduling tasks for students to prepare a face-to-face session. There is increasing evidence showing that when properly done, this strategy does increase student satisfaction, but these findings are very sensitive to the learning context. In this talk we will explore an example of a flipped learning experience in the context of engineering education including techniques and design suggestions that can be applied to a wide variety of scenarios.

14 Feb 2017: Thomas Wong @ University of Melbourne

Learning and Teaching Seminars
Mathematics and Statistics Learning Centre
University of Melbourne

Title: CALC 101 – A survival guide for first year lecturers
Speaker: 
Dr Thomas Wong, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Melbourne

Date: Tue 14th February 2017
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Evan Williams Lecture Theatre, Room G03, Ground Floor, Peter Hall Building

Abstract: Unmotivated students? Empty consultation hours? Low student participation? A first year classroom can be very unforgiving, even for experienced lecturers. During my time teaching as a graduate student, I explicitly targeted these issues via the use of several alternative teaching methods. Two techniques of particular interest are a LaTeX typesetting requirement for assignment submissions and the use of an online forum for students to promote student interaction. In this seminar, I will present my implementation of these techniques through a sample of the materials from the course.

Sign up for the Learning and Teaching Seminars here

 

10 Feb 2017: Jonathan Borwein Remembrance Day @ IHP, Paris

There will be a workshop, to be held at the Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris on 10 February 2017, dedicated to the memory of Professor Jonathan Michael Borwein.

Where: Institut Henri Poincaré, 11 rue Pierre et Marie Curie, 75231 Paris Cedex 05
When: 10 February 2017

Please register (for free) by emailing Michel Théra (michel.thera@unilim.fr) by 30 January 2017.

More information here.

25 Nov – 2 Dec 2016: MELT workshops in each state: Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching

Would you like graduates of your programs to have developed deep understandings of subject matter and research or problem solving mindedness? Do you want to foreground critical thinking and use technology to support its development, not have technology drive the agenda? How can you help students to connect together the skills associated with problem solving, critical thinking, clinical reasoning and researching in ways that enable these skills to mutually reinforce across multiple semesters of a degree?

The MELT workshop on the Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching will help you address these questions. The MELT reflect and are based on organic adaptations of the Research Skill Development (RSD) framework to numerous other models, including the Work Skill Development framework (for WIL) and Optimising Problem Solving pentagon (made by students for students in Engineering). The workshop facilitates the development of your own MELT that fits your context. Come to one of the state-based events run over the next few months:

Queensland 25 November 2016, University of Queensland
South Australia: 30 November 2016, University of Adelaide
Victoria: 1 December 2016, Monash University
New South Wales: 2 December 2016, University of New South Wales

Events are also being planned in Western Australia, Tasmania and the ACT.

Please register through the links above. If you have any questions, contact John Willison <john.willison@adelaide.edu.au>.

16 Nov 2016: UTS Science in Focus @ UTS, Sydney

Big Data and the Paradox of Probability

The age of big data is here! Join us for this free TED-Style talk as two UTS mathematicians provide insights into how big data is impacting our lives.


Big Data: The Future is Here with Prof Anthony Dooley

Have you ever wondered, when Coles or Woolworths email you their weekly specials, how they know what’s on your shopping list? Is this a coincidence or pure luck?

Neither I’m afraid. It’s a clever use of information and understanding of big data by businesses who want to better target their customers’ buying behaviours.

But what is big data? What information is being collected? Is it secure? How can understanding data help solve problems? Or is data controlling our lives?

Join Professor Anthony Dooley, as he helps us makes sense of big data. Professor Dooley is passionate about communicating the usefulness and importance of mathematics to the public, and believes that mathematics can help us better understand the almost infinite amount of digital data around us.


The Paradox of Probability with Dr Stephen Woodcock

Barely a week passes without seeing a headline proclaiming that some common food or behaviour is either associated with an increased or decreased health risk, or often both, in contradictory reports.

How can it be that seemingly rigorous scientific studies can produce the exact opposite conclusions?

In this talk, Dr Stephen Woodcock takes us through some ‘probability paradoxes’ explaining how surprising, counterintuitive and often misleading results can arise.

Dr Woodcock is an applied mathematician whose research is motivated by a drive to develop solutions and models for solving real problems in both natural and engineered systems.


Date:
 Wednesday 16 November 2016
Location: UTS University Hall, Building 4, Level 3, Room 623 (map)
Time: 6:00pm
RSVP: Tuesday 15 November 2016. Registration essential.
REGISTER TODAY

For more information email: science@uts.edu.au

10 Nov 2016: Seminar, Paul Hancock @ UNSW

Title: The Visiting Teacher Fellowship and its Sphere of Influence
Speaker: Paul Hancock
Time: 4pm, Thursday 10 November 2016
Place: The Rex Vowels Theatre, UNSW (not far from the Red Centre building – on the other side of the main walkway a little further up the hill in the Electrical Engineering Building)

Abstract:
In this talk I will be discussing my experiences over this past year as the Visiting Teaching Fellow. I would also like to take the opportunity to discuss my views on the new senior curriculum and the far reaching support network both the school and the past and future teaching fellows can provide during the transition period of the next 4 or 5 years.

About the Speaker: Paul Hancock is this year’s Teaching Fellow at the School of Mathematics and Statistics at UNSW. He comes from Woonona High School.

Please join the speaker afterwards for further discussion over wine and cheese in the staff common room on level 3 of the Red Centre, RC-3082.

24 Nov 2016: NSW FYiMaths Meeting @ UNSW

The next meeting of the NSW branch of the FYiMaths network will be hosted by The School of Mathematics and Statistics at The University of New South Wales on Thursday 24th November with the theme “Feedback and Assessment: starting the conversation”.

Presentations and ideas for discussion in line with the theme are invited from interested participants. Participation in the workshop will be free of charge and BOSTES accreditation is planned.

A conference dinner will held at a restaurant close to the UNSW Kensington Campus.

Date: Thursday 24 November, 2016
Time: 10am to 5pm (arrive 9:30 for tea, coffee and networking)
Venue: University of New South Wales, Kensington Campus
Enquiries: Jonathan Kress <j.kress@unsw.edu.au>

More information and registration here.

5 – 9 Feb 2017: 53rd ANZIAM Conference @ Hahndorf, SA

The 53rd annual ANZIAM Conference will be held at The Adelaide Hills Convention Centre, located in Hahndorf, South Australia, and will run from the 5th to the 9th of February. Talks from all areas of applied mathematics are welcome.

The Conference includes the annual ANZIAM awards ceremony, which will be held during the Conference Banquet at Maximillian’s Restaurant.

When: Sunday 5 February – Thursday 9 February 2017
Where: Adelaide Hills Convention Centre, Hahndorf, South Australia

More information here.

27 Oct 2016: Seminar, James Gleeson @ UNSW

Title: Student Self-Assessment and Self-Reporting of Mathematical Errors
Speaker: James Gleeson, Brisbane Grammar School
Time: 10am, Thursday 27th October
Place: RC-4082, School of Mathematics and Statistics, UNSW

Abstract:
Mistake making is a huge part learning mathematics for many of the students that sit in our classrooms each day. Making errors is an important part of learning. Students are constantly reminded to ‘check their work’ and work more carefully to avoid errors. This has resulted in some students becoming quite apprehensive about making mistakes or about attempting work in mathematics that is ‘too hard’. Many students will avoid mistakes by only practicing work that they already know how to do. When errors are made, students will tend to place a cross next to their work and move on without giving it any further thought. This is sometimes inadvertently reinforced when teachers provide similar feedback through ticks and crosses, sometimes supported by a correction in red pen. This seminar presents a potential model for student-centred error analysis and self-reporting of personal error data that is being trialled at Brisbane Grammar School to support teachers and students to develop highly personalised plans for improvement in this important subject.

About the Speaker: James is a teacher of Mathematics and Science at Brisbane Grammar School. He has 12 years of experience teaching Mathematics and Science to students from the ages of 10 – 18, both in Australia and in the United Kingdom. For a number of years, James has been working with students and teachers looking closely at student errors in mathematics and in 2016 he received the Teaching Innovation Award at Brisbane Grammar School with an associated grant to further his study of student errors in Mathematics. James is currently a member of the International Boys’ Schools Coalition action research group investigating collaboration in 21st Century Classrooms and participating in the Independent Schools of Queensland project on Differentiation in Mathematics instruction.

21 – 23 Nov 2016: Forum Mathematics-for-Industry @ QUT

The Asia Pacific Consortium of Mathematics for Industry invites you to participate in the 2016 Forum Mathematics-for-Industry (FMfI) at Queensland University of Technology, November 21-23, 2016. This will be the first meeting of FMfI outside of Japan. The purpose of the meeting is to highlight the relationship between mathematics and industry, and the focus of the event is on Biology, Agriculture and Environment. This event will provide students and academics from Japan, New Zealand, Australia and other international locations an opportunity to exchange ideas about the use of mathematics for industrial applications.  Student registration is free provided that the student makes a poster presentation.  For a limited number of eligible Australian students who are unable to secure financial support from their home institution, partial financial support provided by AMSI may be available through the organisers by contacting Professor Ian Turner (i.turner@qut.edu.au). Written versions of the talks will be published in Springer proceedings of the forum.  Full details about the location, registration, list of invited speakers and an electronic copy of the poster for the meeting can be found at http://apcmfi.org/fmfi2016/index.html. The forum is a key activity of the Asia Pacific Consortium of Mathematics for Industry (APCMfI)

When: 21–23 November 2016
Where: Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane

More information here.

5 – 7 Feb 2017: ODLAA, Expanding Horizons in Open & Distance Learning

ODLAA is one of the few professional organisations around the world (and the only one in Australia) that is dedicated to advancing Open and Distance education. ODLAA exists to engage and support those who are involved in Open and Distance education. Our conferences are a key way in which we advance the research, practice and support of Open and Distance education.

If you are involved in Open, Flexible & Distance education, this is the conference for you.

Our theme, Expanding Horizons in Open & Distance Learning has three sub-themes of:

  • Openness
  • Community
  • Innovation

These will allow participants and presenters to explore the possibilities for innovation, openness and community in the ever-changing and expanding world of Open and Distance Learning.

When: 5-7 February 2017
Where: Melbourne

Early bird registrations close 5 December 2016.

More information here.

13 Oct 2016: Seminar, Jonathan Kress @ School of Mathematics and Statistics, UNSW

The next UNSW Mathematics and Statistics Teaching and Learning Seminar will be next week on Thursday at 4pm. Everyone is welcome.

Title: Improving mathematical communication skills with individualised peer assessed assignments.
Speaker: Jonathan Kress
Time and Date: 4pm Thursday 13th October
Place: School of Mathematics and Statistics Common Room RC-3082. (Red Centre building)

Abstract:
In semester 1 this year an assignment was introduced to MATH1031 Mathematics for Life Sciences to help improve the feedback that students get on their mathematical writing and give them practice with incorporating mathematics in a typed document.  Feedback on this assignment was provided by tutors, using the turnitin grademark interface, and peers using the Moodle workshop tool.

The assignment came in three parts.  The first part involved reviewing a video showing how topics from the course were used by practitioners from their chosen discipline.  In the second part, students had to present typed answers to a unique pair of questions presented by Maple TA and were allowed to check their calculations before submission.  Finally, students had to assess and rank their own work and that of their peers, and in doing so were asked to think critically about what constitutes clear mathematical exposition.

To allow tutors to spend time marking the assignment, basic skills, that were previously assessed in written class tests and marked by hand, were instead assessed with supervised electronic class tests in the Red-Centre labs.

In this seminar I will discuss the motivations behind these changes, how it was implemented and how well it achieved its aims.

After the seminar there will be an opportunity to continue discussion over wine and cheese.

12 Oct 2016: STEM Seminar @ Victoria University, Footscray

Victoria University is proud to host a seminar series to promote the National Innovation and Science Agenda.  We consider specific challenges for ‘Inspiring Australians to participate in STEM’.

Seminar 1

Presenter: Professor Julian Williams, University of Manchester, UK

Date: Wednesday 12 October, 2016
Time: 4.30pm – 6.00pm
Where: MetroWest, 138 Nicholson Street, Footscray

More information/register for this seminar here.

 

18 – 19 Nov 2016: Indigenous Tertiary Education Conference

Trinity College is pleased to announce its inaugural Indigenous Tertiary Education Conference. This two-day conference follows the University of Melbourne’s Narrm Oration, this year to be delivered by Stan Grant.

Chaired by Professor Ian Anderson, the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) and Foundation Chair in Indigenous Higher Education at the University of Melbourne, the Indigenous Tertiary Education Conference will focus on the theme of TRANSITIONS. We are delighted to announce the keynote speakers will include Rachel Perkins, filmmaker, producer and screenwriter, with guest presentations from Stan Grant, journalist, social commentator and activist.

More information here.

Registrations close 4 November 2016.

18-21 Oct 2016: Australian International Education Conference 2016

With 1078 delegates already registered to attend AIEC 2016 in Melbourne, this year’s conference will once again be ‘the’ place to be this October for the international education community.

AIEC 2016 will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition on 18-21 October 2016.

Pre-conference workshops on Tuesday 18 October are limited to 45 delegates, and some are filling up fast.

To view the full program and to register, visit http://www.aiec.idp.com.

30 Oct – 2 Nov 2016: ATSIMA Conference 2016

ATSIMA, along with the Aboriginal Communities of the Dharawal and Yuin peoples of the Illawarra and South East Coast, is excited to announce its second Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mathematics Alliance conference.

The conference will bring together a collaboration of leaders, educators and stakeholders from Community, education, research, and business sectors around Australia.

When: Sunday 30 October – Wednesday 2 November 2016
Where: Sandon Point Tent Embassy and the University of Wollongong

More information here.

5-12 Oct 2016: National Workshops: Graduate Communication Skills

The 2016 series of workshops are targeted at Academic Program Leaders responsible for the development and demonstration of graduate level oral and written communication skills. The workshops are designed to disseminate the findings of the project What works best: Strengthening the evidence base for oral and written communication skills and to stimulate discussion around the demonstration of graduate communication skills for different programs. The workshops will identify high impact practices that are sustainable and scalable at the program level. Workshops are led by Associate Professor Sophie Arkoudis (The University of Melbourne) and Dr Anne Harris (Edith Cowan University) with input from colleagues at participating institutions.

Perth: 5 October 2016
Brisbane: 7 October 2016
Sydney: 10 October 2016
Melbourne: 12 October 2016

More information and online registration available at
http://melbourne-cshe.unimelb.edu.au/research/teaching/what-works-best-strengthening-the-evidence-base-for-english-language-practices-in-higher-education

26 September 2016: Academic Integrity Forum @ Deakin U, Burwood

The HERDSA Victoria Branch would like to invite you to a forum on Academic Integrity on Monday September 26th from 9:30-11:30 at Deakin University Burwood campus.

Please join us for registration and refreshments from 9am.

There will be presentations followed by a panel discussion. Presentations:

A/Prof Wendy Sutherland-Smith, A/Prof Phillip Dawson, Dr Helen Walker, Deakin University
Contract cheating: What do student advocates think?

A/Prof Judy Sheard, Monash University
Academic integrity involving text and non-text assessments: student and staff perspectives

Dr Fiona Henderson, Victoria University
Supporting unit coordinators to implement academic integrity policies, resources and scholarship

Chaired by: Trish McCluskey, Deakin University

Registration
Please register for this event at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LNL3TWQ.

For more information please contact Bella at bella.ross@monash.edu

29 Nov – 1 Dec 2016: Workshop “Tools and Mathematics” and MESIG2, University of Newcastle, Sydney

Announcement and call for abstracts for a twin workshop:  “Tools and Mathematics: Instruments for Learning” incorporating MESIG2, the second annual meeting of the “Mathematical Educational Software Interest Group”.

These twin workshops, both instigated by the late Professor Jonathan Borwein, will creatively bring together practitioners and researchers with common interests in education in the mathematical sciences, and in particular how our tool use influences our thinking.

The “Tools and Mathematics: Instruments for Learning” meeting celebrates the publication of a book of the same name by Jonathan Borwein, John Monaghan and Luc Trouche: http://www.springer.com/in/book/9783319023953. Abstracts for the Tools and Mathematics part of the meeting should be in the spirit of the book, in some capacity exploring the mathematical nexus between research and education, tools and creativity, experimentation and learning. Abstracts for the MESIG part of the meeting should be driven by examples of the practice of software use in mathematical education.

Further information on the book, abstract submission, and confirmed invited speakers is available on the conference website: https://carma.newcastle.edu.au/meetings/tools/

Dates: Tuesday 29 November – Thursday 1 December 2016
Venue: Lecture theatre ELI 122, University of Newcastle Sydney Campus, 55 Elizabeth Street in the Sydney CBD
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/tools-and-mathematics-instruments-for-learning-tickets-27424446257
Abstract submission: https://carma.newcastle.edu.au/meetings/tools/abstractsystem/
Abstract submission deadline: Monday 14 November 2016

From Judy-anne Osborn and Naomi Borwein

5 – 9 December 2016: OZCOTS, Canberra

Hotel-RealmOZCOTS 2016, the 9th Australian Conference on Teaching Statistics, will consider many challenges of teaching Statistics for future statisticians, statistical users and consumers under the theme of “Statistics Education in a Big Data Era”.

OZCOTS 2016 is again building on the success of the timing and format of OZCOTS 2008, 2010 and 2012 as a conjoint event with the (ASC) with an overlap on Thursday 8th December.  Registration and abstract submissions open on 1 February 2016.

11-12 July 2016- FYi Maths Workshop 4 – Evaluating Learning and Teaching

Workshop 4
Evaluating Learning and Teaching


This years FYi Maths workshop will be themed ‘Evaluating Learning and Teaching’. The workshop will be held on 11-12 July 2016 at The University of Melbourne. This years two day workshop will discuss such topics as improving mathematical writing skills of undergraduate students, the fluidity of secondary and tertiary mathematics, and the success of workshops themselves.

When: 11-12 July 2016

Where: Alice Hoy Building – Level 3, Room 333, The University of Melbourne

Program available here

8 July 2016- IEAA’s Mid-Winter Researchers’ Seminar @ Victoria University, Melbourne

The IEAA’s Mid-Winter Researchers’ Seminar 2016 will feature Dr Bernhard Streitwieser (George Washington University) and Dr Anthony Ogden (Michigan State University) and it will also focus on the community impact of international education, career pathways in international research and, of course, our annual three-minute thesis showcase.

When: 9:30am-4:00pm, 8 July 2016

Where: Victoria University, City Convention Centre, Level 12, 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne

Registration information here.

28-30 September 2016 – Australian Conference of Science and Mathematics Education ACSME 2016 @ The University of Queensland & 30 September 2016 Discipline Day @ The University of Queensland.

The Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (The 22nd UniServe Science Conference) is an opportunity for tertiary science and mathematics educators to share ideas and keep up to date. This conference will encompass biological sciences, chemistry, geosciences, health sciences, information technology, learning and cognitive sciences, mathematics and statistics, molecular and microbial sciences, physics and psychology as well as the various fields of the applied sciences. 

Theme: ‘The 21st Century Science and Maths Graduate: What is the place of our STEM graduates in the world? How do we prepare them?’

When: Conference 28-29September 2016
Discipline Workshop Day 30 September 2016

Where: Sir Llew Edwards Building (building 14), St Lucia Campus, The University of Queensland, Brisbane

Registration and further conference information here.
Registration closes 5 August @ 5pm (early bird)

24-31 July 2016, 13th International Congress On Mathematics Education (ICME), University of Hamburg, Germany

The Society of Didactics of Mathematics (Gesellschaft für Didaktik der Mathematik – GDM) is hosting ICME-13 2016 at The University of Hamburg in Germany. Attendees of the congress will experience the unique characteristics of the mathematics education in Germany, which is closely connected to the European traditions of didactics of mathematics. The congress welcomes attendees from around the globe, and will be held in English.

When: 24-31 July 2016

Where: University of Hamburg, Germany

LATE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN.

Further details and registration information here.

7-8 July 2016 AAMT Conference, Adelaide

The AAMT celebrates 50 years with the theme of exploring the voice of practitioners in guiding directions in school mathematics – past, present and future. The conference will mark and appreciate the significant achievements – and people – of AAMT, summarise the overall contribution AAMT has had to mathematics education in Australia and use this contribution to set a strong agenda for the future of AAMT and mathematics in schools.

When: 7-8 July 2016

Where: Ayers House, 288 North Terrace, Adelaide

Registration information and further information here.

3-7 July MERGA – Opening up mathematics education research, University of South Australia , Adelaide

This year’s MERGA conference is being held in Adelaide for the first time in 17 years and will be coordinated by colleagues from the University of South Australia and Flinders University, under the theme of ‘Opening Up Mathematics Education Research’.
The theme of this year’s conference is highly relevant to practitioners and researchers alike. Access to “big data” and the increasingly open-access nature of information requires new research tools and affords opportunities to study classroom practices in sophisticated ways.

When: 3-7 July 2016

Where: University of South Australia, City West Campus, North Terrace, Adelaide

Early registration has now closed but late registration is still available.

Further information here.

2-3 June 2016 – STEMS: Putting Statistics back into STEM in the Data Age

The Statistics Education Section of the Statistical Society of Australia has created a two day workshop and colloquium hosted at the University of Technology in Sydney on the 2 and 3 of June. The idea of the workshop and colloquium is to discuss the needs and actions surrounding the future of Statistics, and provide an opportunity for discussion about the required future direction of Statistics Education in Australia, and it is aimed at primary-secondary-tertiary educators, government and industry leaders and all interested parties.

When: 2-3 June 2016

Where: University Of Technology, Sydney

The workshop is free for secondary and primary school educators, although you are still required to register. Registration information here.

29 June – 2 July 2016 STARS Conference, Perth

UntitledThe STARS 2016 Conference in Perth aims to disseminate and discuss current research, emerging initiatives, good practice and leading edge ideas that are directed at enhancing students’ tertiary learning experiences.

  • Students – who are they, what are their needs, what works for different cohorts, strategies for broader social inclusion and increasing participation in tertiary education, participation of first nation peoples
  • Transitions – pathways to tertiary education, transitions into (the first year experience) during (work integrated learning) and from tertiary education including graduate employability, and capstone experiences
  • Achievement – strategies promoting student achievement including curricular and co-curricular reform, employability, gamification and simulation enhanced learning
  • Retention – program, discipline, whole of institution, inter-institutional and sector collaborations designed to improve student retention, threshold skills and concepts
  • Success – student engagement, technology enhanced learning, understanding students expectations and realities, psychological wellbeing, application of learning analytics

    Registration closes 15 May 2016. Further information and registration details here.

7-9 August 2016 ACER Research Conference- Improving STEM Learning. What will it take? Brisbane

ACER’s (Australian Council for Education Research) Research Conference 2016 will be centred around the importance of STEM learning in schools. Australian students decline in science and mathematics, as well as the decline in STEM study in high school, the shortage of highly qualified STEM teachers and curriculum challenges and other relevant topics will also be explored throughout.

This conference aims to promote STEM learning in schools and how to spark interest within students when it comes to STEM learning. Registration is now open. Overview, program and registration information here.

2-3 June 2016- National Colloquium Sydney

The National Colloquium is holding a two day  STEM workshop in Sydney from the 2-3 of June 2016 for primary, secondary and tertiary educators, government and industry leaders and all other interested parties. The event will inform and engage primary education, secondary education, tertiary education, government and industry leaders and all interested parties about the need to re-imagine Statistics curricula for K-12, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in data-dependent disciplines to create the next generation of Statistics and Data Science graduates, and initiate and commence an action plan.

Date: 2-3 of June, 2016

Where: University of Technology, Sydney

 

Registration information and program here.

 

15-17 June 2016, 2016 Threshold Concepts Conference, Halifax, Canada.

The 2016 Thresholds Conference is being held at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS, Canada. We are very excited to have Linda Adler-Kassner (University of California, Santa Barbara) and Elizabeth Wardle (University of Central Florida) giving an opening plenary titled “”Naming What We Know (in Writing Studies): Engaging Troublesome Trends in Educational Policy and Practice.” We also have Ray Land (Durham University) giving our closing keynote address, titled “Learning on a Heroic Scale: Threshold Concepts, Hollywood, and the Greatest Story Ever Told.”  We have three Canadian leaders in threshold concepts, Shannon Murray (UPEI), Anne-Marie Ryan (Dalhousie), and Julie Timmermans (UWaterloo) on a plenary panel discussing “Our students at the edge.”  And we have concurrent sessions from presenters around the world giving sessions, including:
– Different Journeys: Conceptual Threshold Crossings in Doctoral Learning – Catalysts, Contexts and Culture (Gina Wisker)
– Curriculum on the Edge: Designing for Liminality in Learning Experiences (Virginia Tucker)
– I’m not the Education Person: from threshold concepts to threshold experiences (Sydney Shep and Mark Sheehan)
-Thresholds and Gateways: Learning and Pedagogical Change in Introductory Courses (Peter Felten, Susannah McGowan and Joshua Caulkins
– And many others!
Full program available soon. Registration information here.
14 June 2016 – FYiMaths NSW Workshop

Western Sydney University is hosting a free, one day workshop for FYi Maths on Tuesday 14 June 2016. The theme of the workshop is “Dialogue Across the Divide”. The workshop is for those involved in mathematics teaching in first year tertiary and/or high school and will be BOSTES/QTC endorsed.

Date: Tuesday 14 June, 2016

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

Venue: Western Sydney University, Parramatta City campus, 100 George St, Parramatta.

Presentations in line with the theme for the day are invited from interested participants.    Please indicate on the registration form if you would like to present.

Registration is free, form located here.

A conference dinner will be held at a restaurant close to the venue (dinner at your own cost).

CETL-MSOR Conference 2016

A Brave New World

Tuesday 6 to Wednesday 7 September 2016 at Loughborough University

The aim of this conference is to promote, explore and disseminate emerging good practice and research findings in Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research (MSOR) teaching, learning, assessment and support.  The conference will appeal to all those teaching Mathematics, Statistics, Operational Research or Numeracy, whether this is to specialist mathematics students or students studying components of mathematics within their degree programmes (such as bioscience, chemistry, computer science, economics, engineering, nursing, physics, psychology, social work, etc.).

This year’s conference is entitled “A Brave New World” reflecting the changing financial landscape, including the completion of the current HEFCE-funded sigma project, as well as the Government’s new focus on teaching excellence.  The conference will explore ways in which learning and teaching in MSOR is developing to meet the challenges it faces.

Call for Abstracts

Authors are invited to submit abstracts of no more than 500 words which explore the themes of the conference. Interesting reports on issues relating to the wider teaching and learning of mathematics and statistics that do not fit directly with the themes will also be considered.

Key dates:

  • Call for abstracts opens:              Thursday 17 March 2016
  • Deadline for submission:              Friday 3 June 2016
  • Notification of acceptance:           Thursday 7 July 2016

Abstract submission will be via an electronic form, which can be accessed via this link: https://lboro.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/cetl-msor-2016-abstract-submission-form .

The 4th International Conference of STEM in Education

Connecting Informal and Formal STEM Education

The importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in Education has been emphasized in numerous government policies in China and across the globe. Schools and universities together with businesses and industries are promoting and delivering STEM objectives.
Join us for the fourth International Conference of STEM in Education – an opportunity for educators and researchers from schools, universities, businesses, industries and other private and public agencies to share and discuss innovative practices and research initiatives designed to advance STEM education.

Paper submission deadline is 2nd April, 2016.

Further details can be found here

ICME13 call for contributors to discussion group

The 13th International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-13) will be held in Hamburg, Germany from 24-31 July 2016. icme13_logo

Our network member at The University of Auckland, Tanya Evans, is involved in organising a discussion group on ‘Videos in teacher professional development’ at the ICME-13 with colleagues Leong Yew Hoong and Ho Weng Kin from the National Institute of Education Singapore.

Tanya is seeking contributors to the discussion group which will involve researchers from around the world engaging in productive discussion. See this document for more information and contact details regarding submissions.

Closing date for submissions:  29 Feb 2016

9 Feb 2016: Maths Ed Workshop at ANZIAM @ QT Hotel, Canberra

As part of the Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied
Mathematics (ANZIAM) conference next year a mathematics education workshop will be held at the QT Hotel, Canberra on Tuesday 9th of February 2016 , from 4pm – 6pm, followed by discussion and drinks from 6pm – 7pm.

This is the first time the ANZIAM conference has included a satellite workshop on Mathematics Education. The aim of the workshop is to bring together academics and high school mathematics teachers to discuss and exchange ideas on mathematics teaching.

Registration for the ANZIAM conference and this workshop are now open. Enquiries to anziam2016@adfa.edu.au

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FYiMaths findings presentations

curtinIn the last month Deb and I have presented project findings at the Australian Conference of Science and Mathematics Education (ACSME) in Perth at Curtin University, and the International Society for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) in Melbourne, at RMIT.

Our presentation slides are available on the website now.

Delta Conference program now available @Delta_15_

The Delta Conference will be held in Port Elizabeth, South Africa from 22-27 November. The program is now available.

Delta is the Southern Hemisphere Conference on the Teaching and Learning of Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics, which began in 1997 with a conference in Brisbane, Australia, and are held every two years. The conferences have been held in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Argentina.

The Delta conferences attract an international audience of academics interested in mathematics and statistics education, including disciplinary specialists, education theorists and tertiary education practitioners across the sciences and engineering.

A special issue of the International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology (IJMEST) contains papers from some of the presenters.

EMAC 2015 Abstract deadline extended to 20/10/15

The abstract deadline has been extended for the 2015 Engineering Mathematics and Applications Conference (EMAC)

Abstract submission closes: 20th October

Early-bird registration closes: 30th October

Super-early-bird registration closes: 30th June

Refereed proceedings will be published after the conference in the Electronic Supplement of the ANZIAM Journal.

The ANZIAM/CSIRO Student Support Scheme will be available to student attendees of EMAC. Applications close 23rd October.

A Maple workshop will be held on Wednesday afternoon following the conclusion of the conference.

Dates: 6th – 9th December.  Venue: UniSA, City West Campus, Adelaide

To register or find out more, visit https://emac2015.unisa.edu.au/

New @AustMS Mathematics Education Special Interest Group (SIGME)

The inaugural meeting of the Special Interest Group in Mathematics Education (SIGME) will be held at the AustMS meeting at Flinders University at 4.35pm on Tuesday 29th September, in HUM133, directly after the Maths Education Special Session that afternoon.

All are welcome to attend.  Further information about the SIG is available on the AustMS website.

AustMS Meeting Schedule now available #AustMS2015

The AustMS 2015 conference schedule is now available. The meeting is on  September 28, 2015 – October 1, 2015 at Flinders University, Adelaide.

Call for papers for 2015 Engineering Mathematics and Applications Conference (EMAC)

Abstract submission is now open for EMAC 2015. This meeting provides a forum for researchers interested in the development and use of mathematical methods in engineering and applied mathematics. It aims to foster interactions between mathematicians and engineers, from both academia and industry.

The ANZIAM/CSIRO Student Support Scheme will be available to student attendees of EMAC. Applications close 23rd October.

Dates: 6th – 9th December
Venue: UniSA, City West Campus, Adelaide

Abstract submission closes: 9th October
Early-bird registration closes: 23rd October
Super-early-bird registration closes: 30th June

To register or find out more, visit https://emac2015.unisa.edu.au/

Contact: Bronwyn.Hajek@unisa.edu.au

Mathsbench and Bioscience Education Networks Symposium 8-10 Dec ’15

The MathBench project team has teamed up with two Office for Learning and Teaching initiated networks, CUBENET and VIBEnet, to co-host a three-day symposium from 8-10 December 2015 at the Shine Dome in Canberra.

This event will showcase recent research studies on teaching and learning in life science-related disciplines with a focus on quantitative skills (QS) to be provided by the MathBench project team. More information available in the Mathsbench newsletter.

ACSME call for abstracts extended until 12 June.

The deadline has been extended, for further details on submission types see the conference website.

Engineering Mathematics and Applications Conference – call for abstracts now open

6-9 December, 2015 EMAC 2015, The 12th Engineering Mathematics and Applications Conference, University of South Australia, Adelaide.

EMAC is the biennial meeting of the Engineering Mathematics Group (EMG), a special interest group of the Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ANZIAM) division.  This meeting provides a forum for researchers interested in the development and use of mathematical methods in engineering and applied mathematics. It aims to foster interactions between mathematicians and engineers, from both academia and industry.

A long-running feature of EMAC is the inclusion of special sessions on engineering/mathematics education focusing on the needs of both engineering and applied mathematics undergraduates. The call for abstracts is now open and closes on 9 October.

ASCILITE 2015 call for submissions

The call for submissions for the annual ASCILITE (Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education) conference is now open. The conference is in Perth 29 November – 2 December 2015.

Workshop 3 draft program available

The draft program for Workshop 3 is now available. We have extended the closing date for abstracts until this Friday 5th June.

In response to participant feedback from last year’s workshop, we have included more discussion sessions that will allow extended time for sharing of practice and networking.   Two the workshop sessions have yet to be finalised, but will focus on issues highlighted in participant suggestions.

This year we are lucky to have Dr Lara Alcock speaking on her approach to flipping the classroom. Lara is from the highly regarded Mathematics Education Centre at the University of Loughborough, where she teaches and researches in undergraduate mathematics.  In 2012 she was awarded the Selden Prize for Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education honoring a researcher who has established a significant record of published research in undergraduate mathematics education and who has been in the field at most ten years.

Support for students to attend AustMS @ Flinders

The AustMS Student Support Scheme (SSS) provides funding to support students of the Australian Mathematical Society to attend and present a paper at the annual conference and other approved conferences.

for more details go to http://www.flinders.edu.au/science_engineering/csem/research/centres/fmsl/austms2015/student-support.cfm

FYiMaths NSW meeting

The FYiMaths network presence is growing with a second state based group organising a local event (a group recently convened in Perth). 

The Mathematics Education Support Hub (MESH) and the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics (SCEM) at UWS are running a one day seminar on first year tertiary maths for those involved in teaching in NSW on Friday, 3rd July 2015 at University of Western Sydney, Parramatta South campus.

Further details are available here.

Not just another diagnostic test – Recent developments of the Get Set Test, Seminar at Unimelb

On Monday 11th May, 10-11am, Michael Jennings will present recent developments of the Get Set Diagnostic Test at a seminar at The University of Melbourne.

This seminar presents the latest developments of the Get Set Test, which is a bespoke online student self-assessment tool developed at The University of Queensland for assessing quantitative skills. For more information go to https://fyimaths.org.au/events/

To rsvp email joann.cattlin@unimelb.edu.au

Dates of FYiMaths Workshop 3 announced, 6-7 July, 2015

The 3rd annual FYiMaths workshop will be held on Monday and Tuesday 6 & 7th July, at the University of Melbourne. Thanks to those who completed the survey – responses indicated that this was the most popular date. Further information on the program will be available very soon.

AustMS Maths Ed Special Sessions registration and abstract submission now open

The AustMS meeting at Flinders University, Adelaide will be held from 28th Sept-1 October 2015. The registration and abstract submission form is now available. For more information on the Maths Education special sessions is available here.

Guest Lecture on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in the Sciences

A guest lecture by Em.Prof. Carmel McNaught at the University of Melbourne, 12pm-1:30pm on Tuesday 28th April.  Further details available here.

ISSOTL Conference, Call for abstracts closing 24 April

The annual conference of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning will take place from 27-30 October 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. The call for abstracts is closing soon, for more information go to the conference website. There are a range of themes and formats available.

Next FYiMaths workshop

We are currently planning for a midyear workshop in Melbourne and would like to find out the most suitable dates.  As in previous years we will plan the workshop format and content around feedback from participants and current issues in mathematics education.

Please complete this short survey and let us know if you are interested in attending, when and topics of interest.Please respond by 31st March.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/T9TFTG3

Call for abstracts – AustMS Mathematics Education Special Session

This is the first announcement of the call for abstracts for the Mathematics Education special session at the 59th Annual MB900361556Meeting of the Australian Mathematics Society to be held at Flinders University, Adelaide, from Monday 28 Sept – Thursday 1 October, 2015.

The Mathematics Education special session is a becoming an active forum for presentation and discussion of tertiary mathematics education research, case studies and evidence based practice.

Deb King, Joann Cattlin (University of Melbourne) and Amie Albrecht (University of South Australia) will be coordinating the Mathematics Special Session. For further information on submitting an abstract visit the FYiMaths site.

Mathematics Education Special Session @AUSTMS 2015

This year the Annual Meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society will be held from 28 September – 1 October, at Flinders University, Adelaide.  There will be a Mathematics Education Special Session.  The call for abstracts will be announced very soon. Watch this space.

Delta Conference 2015 – submission dates

The Delta conferences attract an international audience of academics interested in mathematics and statistics education, including disciplinary specialists, education theorists and tertiary education practitioners across the sciences and engineering.

The conference will be held 22 – 27 November 2015, in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Submission dates are:

30 March 2015: Final date for submission for full refereed papers in the special edition of IJMEST

21 August 2015: Final date for submission of full papers for the Conference Proceedings

28 August 2015: Final date for submission of abstracts for posters and for abstract-only presentations.

For further details go to the conference website.

ACSME ’15 dates announced

This years Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education will be held from 30 September – 2 October, at Curtin University in Perth. The discipline day will be on Friday 2 October 2015. curtin_view_logo

This conference provides a key forum for presenting research and new practices in undergraduate mathematics education as well as an important opportunity to connect with colleagues across the science disciplines.  More information on closing dates for submissions will be posted when available.

Maths Education Presentations now available from ANZMC8

Many of the presentations from the Mathematics Education Special Sessions of ANZMC8 are now available on our site.

Mathematics Lecture Recording in Australian universities Survey

On behalf of the Australian Mathematical Society, we are collecting information about recording of mathematics lectures in Australian universities. Your responses to this brief survey, will provide valuable information about the usage of lecture recording in mathematics and its perceived impacts on student learning outcomes.

Findings of this survey will be available at the Mathematics Education session of the 8th Australia – New Zealand Mathematics Convention in Melbourne 8-12 December, 2014, and posted on the FYiMaths website soon after.

The survey closes at 7pm on Wednesday 3 December 2014.

Thank you for your time, we hope to see you soon in Melbourne.

Deb King & Joann Cattlin

International Collaborative Writing Groups 2015 – ISSOTL

International Collaborative Writing Groups 2015

As part of the ISSOTL 2015 Conference hosted in Melbourne Australia, colleagues are invited to apply to participate in a year-long international collaborative writing group.

There will be eight groups, each of which will prepare and write an article during 2015-16 on a pre-selected topic about SOTL (the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) for submission for publication. Each group will have seven members chaired by a facilitator familiar with the chosen topic. Ideally each group will include one student member.

The groups will work at a distance to prepare a 2000 word outline for online discussion running up to an ISSoTL pre-Conference workshop. They will meet in Melbourne for the two and half days preceding the start of the main conference (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday 25-27 October 2015) during which they will spend time preparing their draft paper within their group and in discussion with participants of other groups.

Following the workshop the groups will have five to six months to complete and send in their papers for submission to the Society’s international SOTL journal, Teaching and Learning Inquiry.

What are the topics of the 2015 international collaborative writing groups?

Scholarship of student employability – Scholarship of work and practice-based learning – Scholarship of inclusive teaching and learning – Scholarship of assessment in the digital age – Scholarship of the flipped classroom – Scholarship of the student learning process – Scholarship of supporting new academics in teaching and learning – Scholarship of researcher development.

How can I find out more and sign up?

Go to http://issotl2015.com.au/ICWG2015.html for all information. The 2015 International Collaborative Writing Group initiative is being coordinated by Kelly Matthews (Australia) and Mick Healey (UK). Any questions can be emailed to Kelly Matthews at k.matthews1@uq.edu.au.

Interested participants submit an online application form no later than 13 March 2015 at

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ICWG_apply

Students

Students (undergraduate or postgraduate) are encouraged to apply. ICWG Workshop fees for selected students will be waived with some travel bursaries available to support international and interstate student participation.

Help us spread the word

We would be most appreciative if readers could forward this invitation to colleagues and to appropriate students who may be interested in participating in a collaborative writing group.

STARS Conference – call for submissions

The Call for Submissions for Students Transitions Achievement Success and Retention (STARS) Conference 2015 is now open (formerly the First Year in Higher Education Conference).

The conference is to be held in Melbourne from 1–4 July 2015.stars

There are five submission types available:
• refereed papers,
• good practice reports,
• new ideas and emerging initiatives,
• collaborative workshops,
• poster presentations.

This conference provides the opportunity to disseminate and discuss current research, good practice, emerging initiatives and leading edge ideas that are aimed at enhancing students’ tertiary learning experiences.

More information on how to submit, the submission types, quality requirements, review criteria and format requirements can be found on the conference website.

New updates to conference listings

The list of conferences is growing by the week! The latest call for papers is the:

International Conference on Education in Science, Mathematics and Technology, Antalya, Turkey, 23-26 April, 2015. 

The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars, students, and administrators from different countries, and to discuss theoretical and practical issues in the fields of information and communication technologies in education, science education and mathematics education.  Accommodation is free.

The conference will be organized in partnership with the International Journal of Education in Mathematics, Science, and Technology (IJEMST). The call for papers is now open.

WA Teaching and Learning Forum January 2015 – Call for papers

The West Australian Dissemination Network is holding a Teaching and Learning Forum at UWA on 29-30 January 2015.

It is an annual event held in Perth since 1992 and brings together educators from Western Australian universities and colleges and beyond to discuss, share and develop ideas on issues confronting teaching and learning in the higher education sector.

The call for papers is now open with further details available on their website.

ACSME Discipline Day presentations

The maths discipline day at ACSME this year featured presentations by Mary Coupland on ways of presenting mathematics visually (UTS) and Michael Jennings on progress in implementing the GetSet diagnostic test in other institutions (UQ).  Cristina Varsavsky (Monash) launched the mathsassess project guide and Deb King (UniMelb) provided an update on the progress of the FYiMaths project and plans to build on the foundations of the network in the future.

The session this year was attended by over 40 participants, quite a few more than expected by organisers! The morning session focussed on presentations and indications are that in future more time is needed for networking. This and the growth in number of presentations relating to mathematics at ACSME (17 this year), indicates an active and developing community of interest.

ACSME provides a valuable forum for mathematicians to connect with academics in the other sciences, particularly in light of concerns regarding the quantitative skills development of many science students.  Next year ACSME will be held at Curtin University, in Perth, in Sept/October 2015.

FYiMaths event – Discipline Day at ACSME

Don’t forget the next FYiMaths event is on the discipline day, as part of the Australian Conference of Science and Mathematics Education (ACSME).  It will be held at the University of Technology, Sydney on Wednesday, 1st October. The program for discipline day features presentations of recent initiatives in undergraduate mathematics education and a great opportunity to meet other colleagues in mathematics.

The discipline day is free and you don’t need to be attending ACSME to attend. Register on the ACSME website. The session concludes with lunch (also free).

Learning and Teaching Seminar and Conferences coming up

In the next few months there are several events focusing on higher education teaching and learning that might be of interest:

10 September 2014, 12:00-1:00pm at Victoria University in Melbourne, a seminar on Fostering Interaction in Online Education: Where did the Teacher go? by Professor Gregor Kennedy,University of Melbourne.

4 & 25 September at the University of Adelaide, Higher Education Research group of Adelaide Conference, HERGA ’14: Changing Horizons: Local Learning for Global Impact.

29th Sept-1st October, 2014 the Australian Conference of Mathematics and Science Education at the University of Sydney and University of Technology, Sydney.

8-12th December, 2014 the 8th Australian and New Zealand Mathematics Convention at the University of Melbourne.

Workshop registrations closing Monday

We have had a fantastic response to the workshop, with over 50 registrations so far from across Australia and New Zealand. During this project we have found there is great enthusiasm for sharing practice and many common experiences across all universities and colleges. If you haven’t registered already, be quick.  Registrations close Monday.