The Mathematics and Statistics Learning Centre conducts research into teaching and learning in addition to its major responsibilities supporting the undergraduate teaching program of the Department.
Our research aims to support innovations in teaching and learning, including the implementation of new technologies. As part of this research program we run an Occasional Seminar Series, which incorporates talks by Centre staff as well as invited external speakers. If you are interested in giving a talk as part of this Series, please email Dr Robert Maillardet, the Series Coordinator, (firstname.lastname@example.org). For seminar announcements, subscribe to the mailing list here.
WebWork - What worked?
Tom Wong, School of Mathematics and Statistics, The University of Melbourne
Full details: https://ms.unimelb.edu.au/events/details?event=10893
Making assessment part of active ongoing learning
Jen Palisse, School of Mathematics and Statistics, The University of Melbourne
This workshop explored alternate assessment methods to allow students to take more ownership of their learning. The main example was a high school level exercise concerning the introduction of index laws in Year 8 where students had to generate the index laws for themselves before proceeding with further exercises to reinforce the rules. This approach aims to give students ownership of their own learning as the mathematics that they are using is their mathematics, not the teacher's.
WebWork: An exploration in implementing an online homework system
Thomas Wong, MSLC
This seminar explored the idea and feasibility of using an online homework system (WebWork) to complement the existing assignment system. WebWork has been used to partially automate assignments in pre-calculus algebra, single and multivariable calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, discrete mathematics, probability, statistics, and complex analysis.
Origami in mathematics education: from Kindergarten to Graduate school
Michael Assis, School of Mathematics of Statistics, The University of Melbourne
Presented relevant resources and many practical applications for the inclusion of origami in teaching at all levels of mathematics education.
Using Class OneNote as a teaching/learning tool in small to mid-sized classes
Alysson Costa, School of Mathematics of Statistics, The University of Melbourne
Reported on the comprehensive use of OneNote for lectures/assignments/tutorials/discussions as trialled in a third year subject.
Interactive activities to engage a large introductory statistics class
Sharon Gunn and Anthony Morphett, MSLC
Presented a suite of interactive activities to engage students with statistical concepts.
CALC 101 - A survival guide for first year lecturers
Thomas Wong, MSLC
Reported on two techniques to assist first year teaching - a LaTeX typesetting requirement for assignment submissions and the use of an online forum for students to promote student interaction.
Wolfram computing tools in primary, secondary and tertiary education
Craig Bauling, Wolfram Technologies
The Inaugural Seminar in this series was held in November 2016 and concerned the introduction of Mathematica tools into primary and secondary school teaching in Victoria.