Teaching Seminar Series

AustMS/AMSI Teaching Seminar Series

The AustMS/AMSI Teaching Seminar Series is a nation-wide seminar series featuring talks and discussions about any matters related to the teaching of the mathematical sciences in universities.  The seminars are held online using Zoom videoconferencing software, allowing broad access by Australian academics. The seminars aim to engender discussion and foster best practice in mathematics and statistics education at Australian universities.

To participate in the seminars, please use this link:


See here for details for participating via a H.323/SIP videoconferencing system.

For more information, contact the organisers:

Dr Poh Wah Hillock (p.hillock@uq.edu.au
Dr Anthony Morphett (a.morphett@unimelb.edu.au)

We would love to join forces with already-established seminar series, colloquia or discussion groups. If you are keen to share with the maths community, or if you have ideas for future topics and speakers, then please get in touch.

Upcoming Events

Speaker: Glen Wheeler (Wollongong) 

Date & Time: Wednesday 24 July 2019, 1:00pm (AEST)

Title: A model for team research projects and a conference poster session for students transitioning to maths at university

Abstract: After a curriculum transformation, a new subject was created in the transition space from high-school to university for mathematics and cognate degrees. This new subject is compulsory and serves many purposes. The centrepiece event in the subject is a team poster presentation event at the end of the semester. Teams present not only their research project, but also individual projects that have been honed through two iterations earlier in the semester. These two iterations are partially anonymously peer-graded, and reflected upon as an assessment task. In this talk I will describe the current scaffolding, support and layering of assessment that facilitates teams in being able to present a research project at the end of semester. I will then use Brookfield’s four critical reflective lenses to analyse the process, and identify several open problems.

Speaker: Daniel Mansfield (UNSW)

Date & Time: Tuesday 6 August 2019, 1:00pm (AEST)

Title: Teaching mathematics with online tools and an ancient Mauritanian fatwa on inheritance for hermaphrodites

Abstract: NUMBAS is a free, open source and highly versatile mathematics assessment package. At UNSW it has been used to create formative assessments that have improved student outcomes, and are highly regarded by the students themselves. This talk will give a brief overview of how NUMBAS is used at UNSW, followed by a demonstration of how to take advantage of the unique features of online teaching when writing a question. The question will be on first year permutations, but framed in the historical context of a real ancient Mauritanian fatwa on inheritance for hermaphrodites.

A Joint MSLC Occasional and AustMS/AMSI Teaching Seminar

Speaker: Julia Polak (Melbourne)

Date & Time: Monday 19 August 2019, 1:00pm (AEST)

Title: Kaggle-in-class Data Challenges Can Boost Student Learning

Abstract: Kaggle is a data modeling competition service, where participants compete to build a model with lower predictive error than other participants. Several years ago they released a reduced service that enables instructors to run competitions in a classroom setting. This paper describes the results of an experiment to determine if participating in a predictive modeling competition enhances learning. The evidence suggests it does. In addition, students were surveyed to examine if the competition improved engagement and interest in the class.

Past events

A list of past events is available here.

Participating via a H.323/SIP room system

To participate via a H.323/SIP videoconferencing room:

Dial: SIP:787759102@zoom.aarnet.edu.au
or H323:787759102@ (From Cisco)
or H323: (From LifeSize or Polycom)
or or (U.S.)
Meeting ID: 787759102

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Updated: 12 Jul 2019