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Dear FYiMaths members and followers,
In the wake of the University of Sydney’s decision to introduce mathematics prerequisites, AMSI Director Geoff Prince writes in the AFR (4/2/2016) about how university requirements have an impact on mathematical capabilities needed in the workforce. ‘It was FYiMaths which discovered the extent of prerequisite failure in Australia and they are actively engaging universities to persuade them of the dangers of relying on “assumed knowledge” of maths.’
We would like to congratulate Michael Jennings from the School of Mathematics and Physics at University of Queensland on receiving an Office for Learning and Teaching Award for Teaching Excellence recently.
Michael is an Associate Lecturer in Mathematics, currently completing a Phd in mathematics education, who coordinates a number of first year mathematics subjects and has a research interest in the students’ transition from secondary to university mathematics. His teaching philosophy is based on identifying and then building upon students’ current knowledge and he relates mathematics to everyday contexts through real-life case studies that illustrate the usefulness and beauty of mathematics. Michael uses technology to gather data and then design innovative resources that support diverse student cohorts, including the internationally renowned Get Set feedback system.
Michael has been an active member of the FYiMaths network and has been involved in number of OLT projects in recent years, including GetSet formative feedback system and SmartAss self-testing system, as well as numerous projects at UQ.
Today we reached 20 000 hits on the FYiMaths website, with over 10 000 of those in this year alone! The site has become the hub for our network and has been key to raising awareness and building connections.
We receive hits from all over the world, with most interest from Australian, USA, NZ, India, UK and Brazil. Our most popular topics are workshops and conferences, particularly links to slides and presentations. Job advertisements, news items and articles are also increasingly popular.
The network is currently expanding with new state based groups in New South Wales and Western Australia establishing connections between universities and with secondary teachers. We will continue to hold an annual national workshop mid year in Melbourne and work to support collaboration in research in undergraduate mathematics education.
We aim to keep the site current and respond current issues in mathematics education and the interests of our network members. If you would like to suggest content, or contribute a blog post, event or share information, please get in touch by contacting email@example.com
Guest lecture at La Trobe – Acquiring and applying a shared meaning of QS across core FY science units
Jackie Reid of the University of New England will be presenting at La Trobe University about the OLT Extension Grant – Acquiring and applying shared meaning of quantitative skills across core first year science units, with a focus on distance education
On Wed 2nd Sept, at 3pm, Room 310 (Ace Room) in Physical Sciences 2 bldg, La Trobe University, Bundoora.
more details available here
We are very pleased to be hosting a guest lecture by Jackie Reid, Lecturer in Statistics and First Year Learning and Teaching Coordinator (Science and Technology), at the University of New England.
Balancing the Equation: A mentoring program for first-year female students enrolled in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)
Thursday 27th August, 3-345 pm
Location: Richard Berry-M01 (Russell Love Theatre), School of Mathematics and Statistics, The University of Melbourne, Parkville.
Have you added your name to our membership lists? We would like to increase the visibility of our membership as a way of helping mathematicians and mathematics educators get in touch with others. If you are looking for partners for a research project, seeking some advice on a particular topic, want to get in touch with those you met at an event or establish contact with some local mathematicians – the FYiMaths network is a good place to start.
If you haven’t already, consider signing up to our membership pages and have your contact details and interests posted on the site.