Trevor Hawkes, University of Warwick
6 May 2009
Sixteen mathematics undergraduates at the University of Warwick volunteered to take part in an experimental third-year module in advanced algebra for 12 CATS of course credit. The module was organised and assessed entirely through the medium of wikis. It ran over a period of 16 weeks in the autumn and spring terms of 2007-08 and was divided into eight 2-week 'chapters'. Each chapter began with the posting of an outline syllabus on the wiki. Working in four groups of 4, the students spent the first phase of each fortnight writing their own group wiki, putting flesh on the bare bones of the syllabus by providing lemmas, proofs, examples, history, graphics, and pedagogical content. One of the four group wikis was then 'promoted' to the module wiki and all groups joined forces in the second phase to edit, improve and polish this promoted wiki. Each chapter was assessed, and feedback was given, within a few days on the closing deadline of each of the eight 2-week chapters.
Dr Palitha Edirisingha, Leicester University
5 March 2009
Palitha Edirisingha of Leicester University speaks about the Informal Mobile Podcasting And Learning Adaptation (IMPALA) Project at the Pedagogy, Blended and elearning Education Research Seminar Series.
Nabeel Sulaiman, Nottingham Trent University
4 March 2009
Nabeel Sulaiman presented his PhD research on use of Logo with mathematics teachers in Kuwait.
Peter Rowlett, Nottingham Trent University
16 December 2008
This talk covered methods for teaching mathematics - chalk and talk and OHP slides to PowerPoint and interactive whiteboards.
Following this was a demonstration of the features of an interactive whiteboard and a chance for the audience to have a go with one themselves.
Emma Rowlett, University of Nottingham
30 October 2008
This talk is a result of both Emma's PhD, entitled "Accessing Materials: making appropriate and effective 'reasonable' adjustments for print impaired students in higher education", and a project she has been working on called "AccessMSOR: LaTeX and Braille". Both of these have investigated the experiences of students with visual impairments taking computing and maths based subjects. The talk will present the findings of this work and provide some hands on simulations of what it might be like to be visually impaired and complete maths and computing based tasks.
"AccessMSOR: LaTeX and Braille" is funded by the Higher Education Academy Maths, Stats and OR Network and operated through Physics & Mathematical Sciences, School of Science and Technology, Nottingham Trent University.
Dr. Chris Sangwin, School of Mathematics, University of Birmingham / Higher Education Academy Maths, Stats and OR Network
13 March 2008
GeoGebra is computer software which is designed as "dynamic mathematics for schools". It is simple to use and free to install: http://www.geogebra.org/cms/
This talk will examine the software and report on its use by myself in university mathematics courses.
(i) What is GeoGebra and what can it do?
(ii) To what extent can GeoGebra be used in university mathematics, by staff and students?
(iii) What are the pitfalls and limitations of this software?
Although relatively simple, the software has a surprising range of uses - allowing dynamic mathematical diagrams to be easily created and used during lectures, tutorials and by students as homework assignments. I conclude this is a very useful additional tool, which can be relatively easily incorporated into existing practice.
Ted Walker, Rawlins College
21 November 2007
Ted Walker is Assistant Principal (Director of e-learning) at Rawlins Community College, Quorn, Leicestershire. Rawlins was an early adopter of whole school use of a VLE, having identified the decentralising and empowering pedagogical principles behind Moodle. Although the vision and transformational potential of the use of Moodle at secondary level is well understood, there are many strategic and operational challenges to be faced before successful implementation leads to meaningful use. The VLE at Rawlins is a well established central part of College life, impacting widely, as well as a basis for improved local collaboration, and the real ambition now is to move beyond the electronic filing cabinet and into the territory of emerging, innovative and exciting educational opportunities.
Sidney Tyrrell, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Coventry University
30 October 2007
Sidney Tyrrell is a National Teaching Fellow who has frequently experimented with technology when teaching. Imagine her surprise to find technology (a mouse) that worked first time every time in whatever room with whatever PC, revolutionised her classroom approach to teaching, and cost only approximately £100.
Participants were invited to try out the gyro mouse with the long long range during this talk not on mice but on interactive voting systems. Have they a place in our lectures? Are they worth the effort and what could they offer us? Participants voted on this and other issues using the Turning Point interactive voting system, portable enough to port from Coventry under one arm, for the occasion.
Doug Dickinson, School of Education, Leicester University
2 May 2007
Podcasting is audio on demand delivered to you automatically which can be listened to or watched (with a vodcast) anywhere, anytime on a suitable device.
It is a simple (that is what makes it so powerful) technological thing to do and allows students to learn in a way which has been placed on the 'back-burner' as other, powerful technologies have come to the fore.
No throwing babies out with bathwater here - Consideration of podcasting give students (and teachers) a positive sense of audience and the potential of raised awareness of the responsibilities and excitement of personal publication.
The Podium software, with its intuitive interface, allows users to concentrate on the quality of the context and content instead of focusing on the technicalities of the production. There is, however, built into the software, many additional features which allow 'poders' to produce sophisticated podcasts of a professional dimension. These features, including, upload of images with each episode, import of MP3 files, scripting etc make a significant difference to the concept of ownership of the completed podcasts.
Doug Dickinson has 40 years experience in teaching in primary education, now an independent ICT consultant working on all aspects of enhancing teaching and learning. Doug lectures at Leicester University School of Education. He has, during the last four years, spent a good deal of time working in Northern Ireland, Hong Kong and Trinidad on a wide variety of topics. He is education consultant to Softease.
Emma Wright, University of Nottingham
14 March 2007
Emma Wright is a PhD student at the University of Nottingham researching the difficulties experienced by students with print impairments and the types of adjustments Universities make for such students. This talk explores some of the common problems experienced by students visual impairments when it comes to accessing course materials, and aims to suggest solutions. The formats that may be required will be outlined, for example: large print, electronic, and Braille. The main focus will be on electronic formats as read by screenreading programs, and on mathematical formulae in particular.
Demonstrations will be provided of how the JAWS (Job Access for Work) screenreader handles such information, and suggestions will be made as to how its accuracy can be improved in some cases.
View "Accessing Materials: common problems experienced by students with visual impairments" slides as PDF slides | PowerPoint slides (This talk contains some audio files which are online available in the PowerPoint version of the slides, or through the online video).
Dr. Lindsay Evett, School of Computing and Informatics, Nottingham Trent University
7 February 2007
The World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are a recognised international standard for web design for accessibility. Evett and Brown (2005) produced a set of guidelines for producing text which promotes Universal Accessibility. They are consistent with both the aims and the recommendations of the WCAG. The guidelines have been applied to Powerpoint presentations (Evett et al, 2006), and a recent case study has extended their coverage of potential Powerpoint content. The talk describes the case study and the refined guidelines produced. Content accessibility is discussed.
Michael Whapples, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nottingham
7 February 2007
Michael Whapples is a visually impaired student of physics at Nottingham university. Within this talk the affect of the use of modern technology on the accessibility of mathematics and science will be discussed. It will cover how technology has altered the way visually impaired people access maths and science, how modern technology can be used to improve accessibility and what currently is not possible and why.
Dr. Karen Moss, Centre for Effective Learning in Science, Nottingham Trent University
13 December 2006
Content will look at 'What are learning styles and how relevant are they to design of e-learning materials?'.
Participants will be invited to do an assessment of their Learning style as part of session.
This is based on a research project in CELS using a neural net based system.
Dr. Martin Greenhow, Brunel University
13 November 2006
This talk will describe developments in Mathletics, a freely-available computer-aided assessment (CAA) system that exploits the open code facilities of Question Mark Perception by using random parameters with all question components, including equations written in MathML and diagrams written in SVG. Thus each of the existing 1700 question styles realises to thousands or even millions of questions for the students, each with rather full feedback that seeks to alert the student to where they have gone wrong by recognising common mistakes or mal-rules.
Pedagogic issues such as choice of question type and "reverse engineering" to keep control of arithmetic/algebraic difficulty will be discussed. The technology, and much of the pedagogy, is exportable to other disciplines where quantitative methods are taught.