ALTC Workshop 2012

Effective Learning, Effective Teaching in the Quantitative Disciplines

September 27–28, 2012

The University of Ballarat, Victoria

This practical, hands-on and interactive workshop will immediately follow the Australian Mathematical Society 56th Annual Meeting at the University of Ballarat (24–27 September, 2012). It has been designed specifically for lecturers and tutors teaching in the quantitative disciplines.

It has been funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.

Schedule

The workshop will commence with a social and a talk from 17:00 on Thursday September 27 (following the close of the AustMS Annual Meeting). Sessions will be held from 09:00 to 16:00 on Friday September 28.

Timetable

Download the timetable (PDF format, Word .docx format).

Venue

The University of Ballarat, Victoria

Sessions

The workshop will provide practical ways of sharing and developing strategies drawn from best practice in mathematics education. Participants and facilitators will work in small groups in interactive sessions to enable peer learning.Sessions will cover:

  • Mathematics standards
  • Showcases from the University of Ballarat
  • Interactive sessions

Presenters

  • Dr. Jason Giri, University of Ballarat
  • Dr. Robert Layton
  • Associate Professor Dann Mallet, Queensland University of Technology
  • Associate Professor Leigh Wood, Macquarie University
  • Senior Lecturer Katherine Seaton, LaTrobe University

Contact

Jennifer LAI (Macquarie University) — jennifer.lai@mq.edu.au

Previous workshops

Abstracts and slides for the workshop sessions are available at the ALTC workshop 2010 and ALTC workshop 2011 .

Project information

This workshop is being run as part of an Australian Learning and Teaching Council project. Read more about how the team is developing a professional development unit for lecturers and tutors in the quantitative disciplines.

Workshop resources

Plenary Sessions

Friday

09.00 – 10.00

 

Studio 3

Caro Convention Centre

 

Presentation

Mathematics and Cybercrime

Robert Layton

 

In this talk I will show how maths plays a role in my ongoing research, and how the foundations I built as an undergraduate student are now put to work after study. As a researcher in cybercrime, I am constantly using mathematical concepts to define, model and profile cybercriminals, mixing mathematics with linguistics.

 

Friday

10.30 – 11.30

 

Studio 3

Caro Convention Centre

 

Presentation  

Attract. Engage. Inspire: The Tertiary Mathematics Challenge

Jason Giri

 

This talk will outline innovations in undergraduate mathematics curriculum at the University of Ballarat with a particular focus on the use of a mathematics history course to attract, engage and inspire students from diverse backgrounds. It will also seek to outline the lessons learned in the development and adoption of innovative curriculum choices. 

 

Workshop Sessions

Friday

11.30 – 12.30

 

Studio 3

Caro Convention Centre

 

Presentation  

Threshold Learning Outcomes for Mathematical Sciences

Dann Mallet

 

Framing threshold learning outcomes for the mathematical sciences is an endeavour in which the academics in the discipline must play a role. Why? Threshold learning outcomes talk about the baseline for our graduates - they reflect what we deem to be "what it takes" to graduate from a mathematical sciences major or degree. So what does define a “mathematics graduate” when they leave the halls of our universities? What does “mathematics graduate” even mean for that matter (some of us have maths majors, others full mathematics degrees, etc.)? In this session we will discuss work to date in defining threshold learning outcomes, what lies ahead in the process and how to be involved.

 

Friday

13.30 – 14.30

 

Studio 3

Caro Convention Centre

 

Presentation 

Task Design in Undergraduate Mathematics

Leigh Wood

 

Task design is a creative aspect of learning and teaching. It is the key to student learning. This talk will focus on designing tasks for tertiary undergraduate mathematics degree programs. I am particularly interested in task design that leads to achievement of program goals by aligning the learning through a class (a small component of the module), the module (one semester’s study in a subject area) and the degree. Description: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/images/cleardot.gif

 

Friday

14.30 – 15.30

 

Studio 3

Caro Convention Centre

Presentation 

This Works for Us: Practical Strategies to Address Student Engagement and Skills

Katherine Seaton


Each mathematics teaching context is unique, but whenever the conversation turns to undergraduate education, common themes emerge:  minimum standards, engagement, service teaching, the role of active small group learning (tutorials), and graduate capabilities. The talk title is borrowed from a magazine column called “this works for me”, because it would be most presumptuous to suggest that the strategies to be presented, which have been developed collectively by the mathematicians at La Trobe, are any kind of panacea. I will describe things that we have tried and succeeded with, good ideas that turned out to be not-so-good in practice, and some general principles that we have identified. 

 

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