FYiMaths Annual Workshop

We are looking forward to the next FYiMaths workshop!

When: 28th – 29th June
Where: The University of Melbourne

This year’s workshop will be focus on ‘Assessment for sustainable learning‘.

Some questions we might like to consider are

  • How can we improve assessment practices for time-poor educators?
  • How can assessment improve student life-long learning?
  • How can we use assessment to inform teaching practice?
  • Can technology help both students and educators with assessment?
  • How do we know what students are actually learning?

Interested in Presenting?


We’d love to hear about the interesting work you are doing  in your classes.
We are welcoming abstracts from participants who would like to present. Preference will be given to presentations centred around our theme of assessment, but others will be accepted if time allows in the programme.

If you would like to present, please submit your abstract by Friday 25th May, to

We will open a registration page on Eventbrite shortly.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Deb and Jen



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Vale Leon Poladian


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.

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

The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse

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

Deb King

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Error 3 – Area enclosed between curves


What does the student know? What error or misconception does the student have? What advice would you give this student to address their misconceptions?

Post your comments below!

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Maths Skills Learning Officer @ Glasgow

An opportunity for an enthusiastic maths/stats specialist to work in a busy and effective university support service.  The post holder will support students at all levels of study to develop their skills in mathematics and statistics. Working with students from all disciplines, Strathclyde’s Maths Skills Support Centre assists students with mathematical and statistical skills development ranging from support for Engineers and Scientists in their early years of undergraduate study to specialist assistance to postgraduate students who need to develop particular knowledge and skills. The post involves a range of activities including the development and maintenance of our online learning tools as well as supporting students in group study and in one-to-one consultations.

Closing Date: 27 September

More information here

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Pacific Territory Education Reform @ Auckland NZ

Theme – Educational pathways for Pacific learners

The learner-centered programme will be based around three stages of a Pacific learner’s journey through tertiary education under the following sub-themes:

  • Supporting learners to shape and start their educational pathways
    What can we do to support Pacific learners to shape their education pathway?
  • Supporting learners in their educational pathways
    What do we do well to respond to Pacific learners? What could we do better?
  • The outcomes from educational pathways
    How will we know our system is working for Pacific learners?

This year, for the first time, we are introducing three Talanoa sessions to enable delegates to discuss and debate key issues relating to each of the three sub-themes.

Date: 28 – 29 September

Where: Auckland, NZ

More information here

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9th Annual Higher Education Summit Asia @ Singapore

Part of IBC’s 5th Annual EduCon Asia, the 9th Higher Education Summit is designed to increase learning outcomes and networking opportunities across the education value chain. Get unparalleled insights on accessing growth markets, new approaches to increasing student enrollment, facility development, implementing digital solutions, and much more.

With 250+ participants expected, this remains the region’s top event that brings together a global gathering of both public and private educators.

Conference Highlights:
3 Co-located conferences, 60+ expert insights, 250+ participants
Shifts in student mobility, enrollment outlook, and growth markets
Successful models in unbundling degrees and customizing courses
Pricing strategies, and new sources of funding
Design and technology trends in facilities and infrastructure
Gamification, Augmented Reality and AI – how impacted are we, and how to make it happen?

HERDSA is a supporting partner of the 9th Higher Education Summit Asia

Discount for HERDSA members: Quote P10600HERDSA for 20% off normal conference rates!

Date: 26th – 29th September, 2017

Further information


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Error 2 – Magnitude of speed

02 magnitude of speed

Here the student is asked to find when the speed is decreasing in the context of vectors. There’s all sorts of issues going on here!

What does the student know? What error or misconception does the student have? What advice would you give this student to address their misconceptions?

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Error 1 – Multiplying complex numbers

01 complex numbers

What do you think? What does the student know, what misconception might they have, and how would you help them?

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FYiMaths Workshop 6: Program

Dear Colleagues

The time is fast approaching for our workshop,

Supporting undergraduate mathematics education.

The University of Melbourne

Thursday 13th and Friday 14th July 2017.

If you have not yest registered, please do so at

by COB Tuesday 4th July.

The program and abstract links can be found below:


workshop 6

workshop abstracts

See you soon,



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FYiMaths Annual Workshop

A reminder that the deadline for abstract submissions has now passed, but we would like more presentations.

If you are intending to present at the workshop, can you please email the title of your talk to me directly

by COB Friday 23 June so that I can prepare the program.

It would also be really helpful if you could register your attendance too so that we can finalise arrangements.

The workshop will be held in

Melbourne on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th July 2017.

It is a good time for us to discuss our impressions of the latest STEM education recommendations that have just been announced and how we might respond to them.

If you have not yet seen the STEM recommendations that came out earlier today, you can find them at

I hope to see many of you in July.

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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:

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 ( or Don (


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Registration is now open

Hi Everyone

Please Register for the 5th Annual FYiMaths annual workshop here

The workshop will be held in

Melbourne on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th July 2017.

More details can be found in the post date 13 May below

I hope to see you soon!

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FYiMaths Annual Workshop 2017

We are happy to announce that the 5th FYiMaths Annual Workshop will be held in Melbourne on

Thursday 13th and Friday 14th July 2017.

We have decided that this year we will not have a particular theme, and we invite you to submit an abstract on any issue that may be of interest to the group (for example, preparation of students, mathematics support, the Australian curriculum, problem-based learning, graduate skills development in mathematics, extending the high achievers).

I am particularly interested in hearing from those who feel that the FYiMaths network has helped them in their teaching practice or professional development. Tell us your story!

If you do have a particular interest or suggestion for a themed session, please do let me know.

The program will be available in due course, but for now to help with your travel arrangements, we will start at 10am each day (to allow for those of you travelling) and will finish at 3pm on the Friday.

Please send your abstracts to

by 13 June 2017.


I’m really looking forward to seeing you all in July.



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DELTA 2017 – Brazil

Brazil Delta ’17
The Eleventh Southern Hemisphere Conference on the Teaching and Learning of Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics

The conference will be held 26 November – 1 December 2017, in Gramado, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The venue is the Support Foundation of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul – FAURGS, and the conference, the eleventh of its name, promises to be as good as its predecessors. Our theme of Think Diversity! will no doubt inspire much interesting discussion of the great challenges facing mathematics and statistics educators.

We look forward to hosting engaging keynote speakers as well as many delegates from around the world. We welcome our Northern Hemisphere colleagues and friends while retaining a Southern Hemisphere identity.


Please be aware of the following important dates:

30 April 2017: Final date for submission for full-refereed papers in the special edition of iJMEST.
30 June 2017: Final date for submission of full papers for the Conference Proceedings.
30 June 2017: Final date for submission of abstracts for posters and for abstract-only presentations.


Please visit our website for further details.

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Teaching and Learning Online Professional Development unit

The AustMS website is the home of the on-line professional development unit Effective Teaching, Effective Learning in the Quantitative Disciplines. The unit was developed under an ALTC grant, by a project team of mathematicians, and is now in its seventh year. The unit will be coordinated from La Trobe in first semester 2017 (on behalf of the AustMS Standing Committee on Mathematics Education).

The unit is available free to AustMS members, and also to reciprocal members. The modules are available for all to view; by formally enrolling and completing three assessment tasks, participants can receive a certificate of completion. By negotiation with your home institution, you may be able to substitute this discipline-based unit for more generic teaching-and-learning training that they require, or as one unit in a Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, as some participants have already done.

The unit is suitable both for tutors and lecturers. The assessment tasks must be completed when one is teaching a class, as they involve production of teaching and assessment materials and reflection upon them.

The unit will commence on March 6th (or slightly later by negotiation), and will run for 15 weeks; it requires around 3 hours per week of work.

For more information, visit the unit website:


To register (to be assessed) or for more information contact the unit coordinator Dr Katherine Seaton

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FY Coordinator guides now available!

Yesterday, the guide for First Year Coordinators in Mathematics was launched at the AGM of the Australian Council of Deans of Science.

Deb King launches the Guide at the ACDS AGM

This Guide is intended to be a practical resource for Heads of School of Mathematics intending to establish or review a First Year Mathematics coordination role, academics in existing First Year Mathematics coordination roles or those who might be thinking of assuming such a role.

To obtain a copy of the guide, please contact us at

FY Coordinator guides


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Workshop 4 presentations now available

The presentations from the 4th FYi Workshop, July 2016 are now available.

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2016 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

The Australian government’s citations for outstanding contributions to student learning have been released. More information here:

Congratulations to:

  • Dr Norman Do (Monash University);
  • Dr Tracey Muir (University of Tasmania);
  • Associate Professor Clifford Da Costa (RMIT University);
  • and to our very own Associate Professor Deborah King (University of Melbourne)!

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New project assistant!

Dear FYiMaths enthusiasts,

I’m very pleased to introduce you to Anita Ponsaing (pictured) who will be assisting with the FYiMaths network.


Exciting things are ahead so keep your eye on the website, newsfeed or twitter.

The website is about to undergo some redesign so if there are things that you think we should include, drop an email to Anita:


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July Workshop 11-12 July

Dear FYiMaths colleagues

It has been a busy start to the year – apologies for the long delay in the announcement of our annual workshop.

But to reward you for your patience, I can announce that, this year we will have not 1, but  2 workshops!

The first, our annual meeting, is a little later than normal, due to the loss of the wonderful Jo Cattlin.

At our 2015 workshop, there was strong interest expressed for a SOTL workshop.  So in 2016 we will run a two day event, on the 11th and 12th July.

The 11th will be dedicated to your contributed talks, the 12th will be a SOTL workshop that will be well worth attending.

Professor Tina Overton (Monash University) will be leading a SOTL workshop for us.  Tina gave a fabulous workshop at ACSME in 2015, and I can guarantee that we will all learn a great deal from her.   I will make space available to members after the workshop so you can continue to develop and work  on your ideas.

So let’s get going, please submit your abstracts to Nikki by June 30, 2016. We will arrange the schedule quickly after that.

I will set up an EventBrite registration page shortly.


Please keep early November on your radar and free in your diary.  AT ACSME 2015 there was enthusiasm for a mathematics problem-based learning workshop.  With the support of the ACDS, we will be bringing this to you and I’m really keen to hear from you if you have case studies to contribute.

Stay tuned!














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