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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


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.

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Part of the AustMS/AMSI Teaching Seminar Series

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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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New Maths Ed special interest group @AustMS #SIGME

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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New Mathematics Education Special Interest Group of AustMS

We are happy to announce the establishment of a new Mathematics Education Special Interest Group of the AustMS.

Over the past two years or so, there has been growing interest among mathematicians in tertiary mathematics education. This has been evident in the activities of research projects such as FYiMaths and mathsassess (both funded by the Office for Learning and Teaching) and conferences such as Delta (tertiary mathematics education), ACSME (Australian Conference for Science and Mathematics Education) and ANZMC8.

We felt that the establishment of a Mathematics Education Special Interest Group was needed to ensure that AustMS members can contribute to, and be informed of, the current national discussions in tertiary mathematics education on issues including:

  • Retention and progression of tertiary mathematics students
  • Online learning and eLearning
  • Declining lecture attendance and lecture recording
  • Assessment in mathematics
  • The challenges of teaching underprepared students and addressing high failure rates
  • Transition from tertiary to secondary mathematics
  • The declining number of students studying intermediate and advanced level mathematics in upper secondary school
  • Increased teaching performance expectations
  • Connections with the secondary education sector and the Australian Curriculum

We will be holding the first meeting of the SIG at the AustMS meeting at Flinders University (date of meeting TBC). The interim Chair and Secretary will be Dr Deborah King and Joann Cattlin (both of The University of Melbourne). Expressions of interest will be sought for an interim Treasurer at the 2015 AustMS meeting.

The group will not formally be established until first membership fees can be collected for the SIG in 2016, but we would like to start building membership now.

If you would like to nominate to join this SIG please email joann.cattlin@unimelb.edu.au.  You will be able to nominate to officially join the SIG when you renew your AustMS membership next year.

Further details about the SIG will be available on the AustMS website in the near future.

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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

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