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, ( For seminar announcements, subscribe to the mailing list here.

Previous seminars

WebWork - What worked?
Tom Wong, School of Mathematics and Statistics, The University of Melbourne
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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.