Kaggle-in-class Data Challenges Can Boost Student Learning

AustMS/AMSI Teaching Seminar Series

Date & Time: Monday 19 August 2019, 1-2pm AEST (GMT+10)

Speaker: Julia Polak (Melbourne)

Title: Kaggle-in-class Data Challenges Can Boost Student Learning

Abstract: Kaggle is a data modeling competition service, where participants compete to build a model with lower predictive error than other participants. Several years ago they released a reduced service that enables instructors to run competitions in a classroom setting. This paper describes the results of an experiment to determine if participating in a predictive modeling competition enhances learning. The evidence suggests it does. In addition, students were surveyed to examine if the competition improved engagement and interest in the class.

Location: Online via Zoom: https://unimelb.zoom.us/j/787759102

Use the link above to participate on your PC, Mac, iOS or Android device.

See here for details for connecting via a H.323/SIP videoconferencing room.

Seminar recording: will be available from the seminar website afterwards

This is a joint seminar with the Melbourne MSLC Occasional Seminar series

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Research Fellow in the School of Physical and Mathematical Science @ Nanyang Tech Uni, Singapore

Closing date: 1st September

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Tenure-Track Appointment in Science, Mathematics, and/or Statistics @ Harvard Uni

Closing date: 28th August

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EdTechPosium 2019

Where: ANU, Canberra

When: Monday 28th – Tuesday 29th October

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EdTechPosium is a two-day conference that is held annually in Canberra to share, network, collaborate, and learn new ideas about enhancing education through technology. It is an opportunity for university teachers and learning professionals to learn from each other and from others interested in educational technology in schools, government, private providers, libraries, museums, galleries, and vocational education.
This year the conference is hosted by the Australian National University (Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 October 2019), and this year’s theme is “Place, Purpose, Possibilities”. We welcome proposals for presentations and workshops around this theme.
Proposals for presentations and workshops are invited until Monday 19 August 2019.
Registration: now open, with earlybird discount until 30 August. See the website for details of our six highly engaging expert keynotes and the draft program.

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Mathematics: The Greatest Show – 2019 MANSW Annual Conference

Location: Crowne Plaza, Terrigal –

Time: September 20-22, 2019.

The keynote speakers are Matt Parker and Doug Clarke.

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15th International Conference of The Mathematics Education for the Future Project

Location: Maynooth University, Ireland

Date: 4–9 August 2019

Theme: ‘Theory and Practice: An Interface or A Great Divide?’

For information contact Alan Rogerson: alan@cdnalma.poznan.pl

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International Congress on Maths Education (ICME)

When: 12 – 19 July, 2020

Where: Shanghai, China

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International Conference on Learning

When: 13 – 15 July 2020

Where: University of Valencia

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Nordic Conference on Maths Education (NORMA)

Where: Oslo

When: 2 – 5 Jun 2020

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Greek Association of Researchers in Maths Education (GARME)

Where: University of Cyprus

When: 6 – 8 December

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AMS International Meetings

The AMS joins a host society from another country once a year to organize these meetings for members of the mathematical community both in the U.S. and abroad.

The scientific program of these meetings includes plenary talks of general interest and focused special sessions featuring current research in specific areas. In addition, these meetings offer new opportunities for broadening research contacts.

Next International Meetings

  • July 5 – 9, 2021, Grenoble, France
    AMS-SMF-EMS Joint International Meeting
  • July 19 – 23, 2021, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Mathematical Congress of the Americas 2021 (MCA2021), the third Mathematical Congress of the Americas (MCA)

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Kaggle-in-class Data Challenges Can Boost Student Learning

AustMS/AMSI Teaching Seminar Series

Date & Time: Monday 19 August 2019, 1-2pm AEST (GMT+10)

Speaker: Julia Polak (Melbourne)

Title: Kaggle-in-class Data Challenges Can Boost Student Learning

Abstract: Kaggle is a data modeling competition service, where participants compete to build a model with lower predictive error than other participants. Several years ago they released a reduced service that enables instructors to run competitions in a classroom setting. This paper describes the results of an experiment to determine if participating in a predictive modeling competition enhances learning. The evidence suggests it does. In addition, students were surveyed to examine if the competition improved engagement and interest in the class.

Location: Online via Zoom: https://unimelb.zoom.us/j/787759102

Use the link above to participate on your PC, Mac, iOS or Android device.

See here for details for connecting via a H.323/SIP videoconferencing room.

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Teaching mathematics with online tools and an ancient Mauritanian fatwa on inheritance for hermaphrodites

AustMS/AMSI Teaching Seminar Series

Date & Time: Tuesday 6 August 2019, 1-2pm AEST (GMT+10)

Speaker: Daniel Mansfield (UNSW)

Title: Teaching mathematics with online tools and an ancient Mauritanian fatwa on inheritance for hermaphrodites

Abstract: NUMBAS is a free, open source and highly versatile mathematics assessment package. At UNSW it has been used to create formative assessments that have improved student outcomes, and are highly regarded by the students themselves. This talk will give a brief overview of how NUMBAS is used at UNSW, followed by a demonstration of how to take advantage of the unique features of online teaching when writing a question. The question will be on first year permutations, but framed in the historical context of a real ancient Mauritanian fatwa on inheritance for hermaphrodites.

Location: Online via Zoom: https://unimelb.zoom.us/j/787759102

Use the link above to participate on your PC, Mac, iOS or Android device.

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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, Mathematics @ Fed Uni

Closing date: 25th August

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Promoting resilience through the Teaching Philosophy Statement (Repeat)

Tuesday, July 30. 9.15am

Resilience in university teachers has emerged as an important field of study. Developing a Teaching Philosophy Statement (TPS) is evolutionary, offering teachers the opportunity to grow their resilience. This session will provide participants with the tools to create and/or refine their TPS as well as provide insights learned from current research that can be applied to building this resilience (Schönwetter, D.J., Ruge, G., McCormack, C., Kennelly, R., & Gareau-Wilson, N.).

Join visiting HERDSA scholar, Professor Dieter Schönwetter from the University of Manitoba who will work with you in developing this important tool

Location
Flinders University at Victoria Square; Teaching Room 6.15, 182 Victoria Square; Adelaide, SA 5000

Further information: Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/herdsa-presents-promoting-resilience-via-the-teaching-philosophy-statement-tickets-651541

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Preparing for and supporting challenging (struggling) learners

Monday July 29, 2.00pm

Recognising the causes of learners’ behaviours may affect instructors’ attitudes and responses to disruptive situations. In this workshop we will explore strategies for preventing, identifying and effectively managing destructive conflict cycles, power struggles, bullying, harassment and non-compliance in RHFS teaching contexts.

This is the second in a series of HERDSA sponsored workshops for the HERDSA South Australian Branch run by visiting academic Professor Dieter Schönwetter, Associate Dean Academic, University of Manitoba.

Further information: Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/herdsa-presents-preparing-for-supporting-challengingstruggling-learners-tickets-65154548

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Promoting resilience through the Teaching Philosophy Statement

Monday 29th July @ 0915am;

Resilience in university teachers has emerged as an important field of study. Developing a Teaching Philosophy Statement (TPS) is evolutionary, offering teachers the opportunity to grow their resilience. This session will provide participants with the tools to create and/or refine their TPS as well as provide insights learned from current research that can be applied to building this resilience (Schönwetter, D.J., Ruge, G., McCormack, C., Kennelly, R., & Gareau-Wilson, N.
Join visiting HERDSA scholar, Professor Dieter Schönwetter from the University of Manitoba who will work with you in developing this important tool.
This event will take place at Flinders University at Victoria Square Room 10.3 Adelaide SA

Further information: Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/herdsa-presents-promoting-resilience-via-the-teaching-philosophy-statement-tickets-651532

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Teacher – Foundation (Humanities, IT and/or Maths) @ Deakin College

Closing date: 12/08/2019

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AustMS/AMSI Teaching Seminar Series

AustMS/AMSI Teaching Seminar Series

Date & Time: Wednesday 24 July 2019, 1-2pm AEST (GMT+10)

Speaker: Glen Wheeler (Wollongong)

Title: A model for team research projects and a conference poster session for students transitioning to maths at university

Abstract: After a curriculum transformation, a new subject was created in the transition space from high-school to university for mathematics and cognate degrees. This new subject is compulsory and serves many purposes. The centrepiece event in the subject is a team poster presentation event at the end of the semester. Teams present not only their research project, but also individual projects that have been honed through two iterations earlier in the semester. These two iterations are partially anonymously peer-graded, and reflected upon as an assessment task. In this talk I will describe the current scaffolding, support and layering of assessment that facilitates teams in being able to present a research project at the end of semester. I will then use Brookfield’s four critical reflective lenses to analyse the process, and identify several open problems.

Location: Online via Zoom: https://unimelb.zoom.us/j/787759102

Use the link above to participate on your PC, Mac, iOS or Android device.

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Learning Centre @ Syd Uni

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  • Outstanding opportunity to contribute to university education at a world leading university
  • Teaching and research role
  • Fixed term for 12 months either as 2 part-time or 1 full-time appointment. Base salary $74k – $101k p.a. (pro rata for part-time) plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity 

The Mathematics Learning Centre currently provides support for eligible undergraduate students to develop the mathematics content knowledge, skills and confidence necessary for their successful completion of their first level mathematics or statistics units of study. Our students’ capacities are developed through an extensive program of bridging courses, on-line learning resources and workshop tutorials and through individual support in the Mathematics Learning Centre Drop-in Centre. The work of the Mathematics Learning Centre is research and evidence based.

In this interesting and challenging role you will:

  • Contribute to the teaching and the development of all aspects of the Mathematics Learning Centre program including the statistics bridging courses
  • Contribute to the further development of on-line and blended learning resources
  • Contribute to the research output of the Mathematics Learning Centre
  • Perform administrative duties related to the Mathematics Learning Centre and the position description
  • Take part in the internal governance activities of the Mathematics Learning Centre

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for an Associate Lecturer in Mathematics Education who possesses:

  • An Honours degree in mathematics or honours degree in statistics with a major in mathematics
  • Considerable and successful university teaching experience
  • Experience, in a university context, in designing and teaching mathematics and/or statistics to students who are mathematically underprepared for their university studies
  • Excellent teamwork and communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to ameliorate the difficulties students may experience in learning mathematics
  • Demonstrable research potential
  • Extensive knowledge of mathematics and statistics

Desirable for your appointment is:

  • A research degree, or progress towards one
  • Experience in developing eLearning/blended learning resources to support student learning
  • Project management skills

Join a dynamic team environment and support the successful implementation of the University’s goals of enhancement of quality learning and teaching, quality research, access for and participation by a diverse cohort of students.

About us

The Academic Enrichment unit encompasses the Learning Centre and the Mathematics Learning Centre.

Academic Enrichment works with both students and faculty staff to provide student support in the areas of communication, language, learning, mathematics and statistics. 

In addition to the co-curricular support programs run by the Learning Centre and Mathematics Learning Centre for students, Academic Enrichment works collaboratively with faculties to embed communication and language development, provide support for learning, the development of graduate qualities, academic integrity and mathematics and statistics development. Our programs advance and enrich student learning, and support students’ development of the graduate qualities.

Our programs are underpinned by our research within discipline areas such as the mathematical sciences, education and linguistics; and relevant higher education, assessment and evaluation literature. Our teaching programs also inform discipline and higher education research.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia’s first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit sydney.edu.au/recruitment and search by the reference number 1311/0719F to apply.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

Closing date: 11:30pm, 29 July 2019 (Sydney time)

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

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