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Last updated Wednesday, 23 Sep, 2015


[Note: events are listed by descending date.]
  • CARMA TEACHING AND LEARNING SEMINAR
  • Speaker: Anita Ponsaing, ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS), The University of Melbourne
  • Title: Mathscraft - Doing maths like a research mathematician
  • Location: Room V206, Mathematics Building (Callaghan Campus) The University of Newcastle
  • Time and Date: 11:00 am, Fri, 10th Feb 2017
  • Abstract:

    Mathscraft is a workshop for junior high school students that aims to give them the experience of doing maths the way research mathematicians do. It is coordinated and sponsored by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS), and sessions are conducted by Anthony Harradine, (Prince Alfred College, Adelaide).

    In a Mathscraft session there are up to 10 groups, each comprising three students (years 7-10), one teacher and one mathematician. The teams are given mathematical problems and are guided through a problem-solving process. The problems and the process are designed to mimic the mathematics that is done by research mathematicians - exploring, noticing patterns, making conjectures, proving them, figuring out why, and thinking of ways to extend the problem.

    In this talk I'll describe the design of the problems and process (with examples), and explain the motivations behind them. I'll also talk about a Professional Development workshop that we ran for teachers in November last year, which had the aim of training them to run Mathscraft sessions in their own local areas. This workshop was sponsored by ACEMS and MATRIX.

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  • CARMA TEACHING AND LEARNING SEMINAR
  • Speaker: Dr Andrew Kepert, CARMA, The University of Newcastle
  • Title: A showcase of home-grown software tools for generating and managing assessment material
  • Location: Room V206, Mathematics Building (Callaghan Campus) The University of Newcastle
  • Time and Date: 10:00 am, Tue, 22nd Nov 2016
  • Abstract:

    A challenge with our large-enrolment courses is to manage assessment resources: questions, quizzes, assignments and exams. We want traditional in-class assessment to be easier, quicker and more reliable to produce, in particular where multiple versions of each assessment is required. Our approach is to

    • Manage a library of past assessments
    • Generate assessments from the library, with or without randomness
    • Algorithmically generate new assessments

    We have implemented this within standard software: LaTeX, Ruby, git, and our favourite mathematics software.

    We will briefly show off our achievements in 2016, including new features of the software and how we've used them in our teaching. We then invite discussion on we we can do to help our colleagues use these tools.

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  • TEACHING SERIES SEMINAR
  • Speaker: , CARMA, The University of Newcastle
  • Title: Insights into the BMath from "Conversations: BMath Experiences" - a NUMERIC project
  • Location: Room V205, Mathematics Building (Callaghan Campus) The University of Newcastle
  • Time and Date: 3:00 pm, Tue, 8th Mar 2016
  • Abstract:

    We report upon insights gained into the BMath through: "Conversations: BMath Experiences". This is a project that was initiated by the BMath Convener in collaboration with NUMERIC. We invited first year BMath students to semi-structured conversations around their experiences in their degree. We will be sharing general insights that we have gained into the BMath through the project.

    Speakers: Mike Meylan, Andrew Kepert, Liz Stojanovski and Judy-anne Osborn.

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  • CARMA TEACHING AND LEARNING SEMINAR
  • Speaker: Prof Bill McBride, School of Engineering, The University of Newcastle
  • Title: Teaching mathematics to engineering students in the USA
  • Location: Room V206, Mathematics Building (Callaghan Campus) The University of Newcastle
  • Time and Date: 12:00 pm, Tue, 16th Jun 2015
  • Abstract:
    This will be an informal talk from our UoN Engineering colleague Prof Bill McBride who recently visited some "Mid-West" Universities in the USA. Prof McBride will discuss what he saw and learnt, with reference to first year maths teaching for Engineering students.
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  • CARMA TEACHING AND LEARNING SEMINAR
  • Speaker: James Juniper, The University of Newcastle
  • Title: Applying Diagrams from Category Theory in a more User-friendly Approach to Teaching Advanced Elements of Financial and Economic Analysis
  • Location: Room V205, Mathematics Building (Callaghan Campus) The University of Newcastle
  • Time and Date: 12:00 pm, Tue, 12th May 2015
  • Abstract:
    The seminar will provide a brief overview of the potential for CT to contribute to quantitative analysis in the Social Sciences. This will be followed by a description of CT as a "Rosetta Stone" linking topology, algebra, computation, and physics together. This carries over to process thinking and circuit analysis. Coecke and Parquette's approach to diagrammatic analysis is examined to emphasize the efficiency of block shifting techniques over diagram chasing. Baez and Erbele's application of CT to feedback control is the main focus of analysis and this is followed by a brief excursion into multicategories (cobordisms), before finishing up with some material on coalgebras and transition systems.
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  • CARMA TEACHING AND LEARNING SEMINAR
  • Speaker: Dr Jeff Hogan, CARMA, The University of Newcastle
  • Title: Forum on assessment as a lens for thinking about teaching
  • Location: Room V129, Mathematics Building (Callaghan Campus) The University of Newcastle
  • Time and Date: 12:00 pm, Tue, 26th Aug 2014
  • Abstract:

    This forum is a follow-on from the seminar that Professor Willis gave three weeks prior, on maths that seems too good to be true; and his ideas for incorporating the surprisingly and enlivening into what and how we teach: he gave as exemplars the miracles of Pythagoreans triples and eigenvalues. A question raised in the discussion at that seminar was if/how might we use assessment to encourage the kinds of learning we would like. This forum will be an opportunity to further that conversation.

    Jeff, Andrew and Massoud have each kindly agreed to give us 5 minute presentations relating to the latter year maths courses that they have recently been teaching, to get our forum started. Jeff may speak on his developments in his new course on Fourier methods, Andrew will talk about some of the innovations that were introduced into Topology in the last few offerings which he has been using and further developing, and Massoud has a range of OR courses he might speak about.

    Everyone is encouraged to share examples of their own practice or ideas that they have that may be of interest to others.

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  • CARMA TEACHING AND LEARNING SEMINAR
  • Speaker: Prof George Willis, CARMA, The University of Newcastle
  • Title: The art of discovering what seems too good to be true
  • Location: Room V129, Mathematics Building (Callaghan Campus) The University of Newcastle
  • Time and Date: 12:00 pm, Tue, 5th Aug 2014
  • Abstract:

    Mathematics can often seen almost too good to be true. This sense that mathematics is marvellous enlivens learning and stimulates research but we tend to let remarkable things pass without remark after we become familiar with them. The miracles of Pythagorean triples and eigenvalues will be highlights of this talk.

    The talk will include some ideas of what could be blending into our teaching program.

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  • CARMA TEACHING AND LEARNING SEMINAR
  • Speaker: Prof Kim Beswick, The University of Tasmania
  • Title: What do great mathematics teachers know and believe?
  • Location: Room V206, Mathematics Building (Callaghan Campus) The University of Newcastle
  • Time and Date: 11:00 am, Fri, 4th Jul 2014
  • Abstract:
    The talk will provide a brief overview of the findings of two completed research projects and one ongoing project related to the knowledge and beliefs of teachers of school mathematics. It will consider some existing frameworks for types of teacher knowledge, and the place of teachers’ beliefs and confidence in relation to these, as well as touching on how a broad construct of teacher knowledge might develop.
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  • CARMA TEACHING AND LEARNING SEMINAR
  • Speaker: Alasdair McAndrew, Victoria University and the University of Melbourne
  • Title: Open Source Systems for Mathematics and Mathematics Education
  • Location: Room V206, Mathematics Building (Callaghan Campus) The University of Newcastle
  • Time and Date: 12:00 pm, Tue, 24th Jun 2014
  • Abstract:

    It is axiomatic in mathematics research that all steps of an argument or proof are open to scrutiny. However, a proof based even in part on commercial software is hard to assess, because the source code---and sometimes even the algorithm used---may not be made available. There is the further problem that a reader of the proof may not be able to verify the author's work unless the reader has access to the same software.

    For this reason open-source software systems have always enjoyed some use by mathematicians, but only recently have systems of sufficient power and depth become available which can compete with---and in some cases even surpass---commercial systems.

    Most mathematicians and mathematics educators seem to gravitate to commercial systems partly because such systems are better marketed, but also in the view that they may enjoy some level of support. But this comes at the cost of initial purchase, plus annual licensing fees. The current state of tertiary funding in Australia means that for all but the very top tier of universities, the expense of such systems is harder to justify.

    For educators, a problem is making the system available to students: it is known that students get the most use from a system when they have unrestricted access to it: at home as well as at their institution. Again, the use of an open-source system makes it trivial to provide access.

    This talk aims to introduce several very powerful and mature systems: the computer algebra systems Sage, Maxima and Axiom; the numerical systems Octave and Scilab; and the assessment system WeBWorK (or as many of those as time permits). We will briefly describe these systems: their history, current status, usage, and comparison with commercial systems. We will also indicate ways in which anybody can be involved in their development. The presenter will describe his own experiences in using these software systems, and his students' attitudes to them.

    Depending on audience interests and expertise, the talk might include looking at a couple of applications: geometry and Gr\"obner bases, derivation of Runge-Kutta explicit formulas, cryptography involving elliptic curves and finite fields, or digital image processing.

    The talk will not assume any particular mathematics beyond undergraduate material or material with which the audience is comfortable, and will be as polemical as the audience allows.

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  • CARMA TEACHING AND LEARNING SEMINAR
  • Speaker: Shaun Belward, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, James Cook University
  • Title: Attention where it is needed: strengthening the mathematics experience for pre-service mathematics teachers
  • Location: Room V129, Mathematics Building (Callaghan Campus) The University of Newcastle
  • Time and Date: 11:30 am, Fri, 13th Jun 2014
  • Abstract:
    The need for well-trained secondary mathematics teachers is well documented. In this talk we will discuss strategies we have developed at JCU to address the quality of graduating mathematics teachers. These strategies are broadly grouped as (i) having students develop a sense of how they learn mathematics and the skills they can work on to improve their learning of mathematics, and (ii) the need for specific mathematics content subjects for pre-service secondary mathematics teachers.
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  • CARMA TEACHING AND LEARNING SEMINAR
  • Speaker: Dr Judy-anne Osborn, CARMA, The University of Newcastle
  • Title: Education, Combinatorics and the Modern World
  • Location: Room V129, Mathematics Building (Callaghan Campus) The University of Newcastle
  • Time and Date: 12:00 pm, Tue, 3rd Jun 2014
  • Abstract:

    This talk is a practice talk for an invited talk I will soon give in Indonesia, in which I was asked to present on Education at a conference on Graph Theory.

    In 1929 Alfred North Whitehead wrote: "The university imparts information, but it imparts it imaginatively. At least, this is the function it should perform for society. A university which fails in this respect has no reason for existence. This atmosphere of excitement, arising from imaginative consideration, transforms knowledge. A fact is no longer a bare fact: it is invested with all its possibilities."

    In the light and inspiration of Whitehead's quote, I will discuss some aspects of the problem and challenge of mathematical education as we meet it in Universities today, with reference to some of the ways that combinatorics may be an ideal vehicle for sharing authentic mathematical experiences with diverse students.

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  • CARMA TEACHING AND LEARNING SEMINAR
  • Location: Room V129, Mathematics Building (Callaghan Campus) The University of Newcastle
  • Time and Date: 12:00 pm, Tue, 11th Feb 2014


  • Speaker: Jonathan Kress, University of NSW
  • Title: Online mathematics assignments using MapleTA, at UNSW
  • Abstract for Online mathematics assignments using MapleTA, at UNSW:
         Jonathan Kress of UNSW will be talking about the UNSW experience of using MapleTA for online assignments in Mathematics over an extended period of time.

  • Speaker: Ben Carter, The University of Newcastle
  • Title: Online mathematics assignments using MapleTA, at UoN
  • Abstract for Online mathematics assignments using MapleTA, at UoN:
         Ben Carter will be talking about some of the rationale for online assignments, how we're using MapleTA here, and our hopes for the future, including how we might use it as a basis for a flipped classroom approach to some of our teaching.
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  • CARMA TEACHING AND LEARNING SEMINAR
  • Speaker: Prof Liz Burd, The University of Newcastle
  • Title: Proposals for the flipped classroom at the UoN
  • Location: Room V206, Mathematics Building (Callaghan Campus) The University of Newcastle
  • Time and Date: 2:00 pm, Tue, 21st Jan 2014
  • Abstract:

    Liz will talk about how the UoN could make more use of the flipped classroom. The flipped classroom is an approach where content is provided in advance to students and instead of the traditional lecture the time is spent interacting with students through worked examples etc.

    Liz will examine impacts on student learning, but also consider how to make this approach manageable to staff workloads and how lecture theatres design can be altered to facilitate this new way of learning.

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  • CARMA TEACHING AND LEARNING SEMINAR
  • Speaker: A/Prof Tristan Perez, School of Engineering, The University of Newcastle
  • Title: Minimum-level of Competency in all Topics - A Requirement for Sitting the Final Exam
  • Location: Room V129, Mathematics Building (Callaghan Campus) The University of Newcastle
  • Time and Date: 12:00 pm, Tue, 17th Dec 2013
  • Abstract:

    The previous assessment method for MCHA2000 - Mechatronic Systems (which is common to many other courses) allowed students collect marks from assessments and quizzes during the semester and pass the course without reaching a satisfactory level of competency in some topics. In 2013, we obtained permission from the President of Academic Senate to test a different assessment scheme that aimed at preventing students from passing without attaining a minimum level of competency in all topics of the course. This presentation discusses the assessment scheme tested and the results we obtained, which suggest that the proposed scheme makes a difference.

    MCHA2000 is a course about modelling, simulation, and analysis of physical system dynamics. It is believed that the proposed model is applicable to other courses.

    Bio: A/Prof Tristan Perez, Lecturer of MCHA2000. http://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/tristan-perez

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  • CARMA TEACHING AND LEARNING SEMINAR
  • Speaker: Sue Worsley, unknown or leave blank,
  • Title: Profiles of Mathematics Students
  • Location: Room V129, Mathematics Building (Callaghan Campus) The University of Newcastle
  • Time and Date: 1:00 pm, Tue, 12th Nov 2013
  • Abstract:
    How do a student’s attitude, learning behaviour and achievement in mathematics or statistics relate to each other and how do these change during the course of their undergraduate degree program? These are some of the questions I have been addressing in a longitudinal study that I have undertaken as part of my PhD research. The questions were addressed by soliciting comments from students several times during their undergraduate degree programs; through an initial attitude survey, course-specific surveys for up to two courses each semester and interviews with students near the end of their degrees. In this talk I will introduce you to the attitudes and learning behaviours of the mathematics students I followed through the three years of my research, and discuss their responses to the completed surveys (attitude and course-specific). To illuminate the general responses obtained from the surveys (1074 students completed the initial attitude survey and 645 course-specific surveys were completed), I will also introduce you to Tom, Paul, Kate and Ben, four students of varying degrees of achievement, who I interviewed near the end of their mathematics degrees.
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  • CARMA TEACHING AND LEARNING SEMINAR
  • Speaker: Dr Manju Sharma, Institute for Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, The University of Sydney
  • Title: The changing face of education: Challenges and opportunities for educators
  • Location: Room V129, Mathematics Building (Callaghan Campus) The University of Newcastle
  • Time and Date: 12:00 pm, Tue, 20th Aug 2013
  • Abstract:
    Universities are facing a tumultuous time with external regulation through TEQSA and the rise of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Disciplines within universities face the challenge of doing research, as well as producing a range of graduates capable of undertaking diverse careers. These are not new challenges. The emergence of MOOCs has raised the question, 'Why go to a University?' These tumultuous times provide a threat as well as an opportunity. How do we balance our activities? Does teaching and learning need to be re-conceptuliased? Is it time to seriously consider the role of education and the 'value-add' university education provides? This talk will provide snapshots of work that demonstrate the value-add universities do provide. Evidence is used to challenge current understandings and to chart a way forward.
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  • CARMA DISCRETE MATHS INSTRUCTIONAL SEMINAR/TEACHING AND LEARNING SEMINAR
  • Speaker: Dr Elena Prieto, The University of Newcastle
  • Title: Discrete mathematics in the school curriculum
  • Location: Room V101, Mathematics Building (Callaghan Campus) The University of Newcastle
  • Time and Date: 3:00 pm, Thu, 25th Jul 2013
  • Abstract:

    Yes! Finally there is some discrete maths in the high school curriculum! Well, perhaps.

    In this talk I will go over the inclusion of discrete mathematics content in the new national curriculum, the existing plans for its implementation, what this will mean for high school teachers, and brainstorm ideas for helping out, if they need our help. I will also talk about "This is Megamathematics" and perhaps, if we have time, we can play a little bit with "Electracity".

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  • CARMA TEACHING AND LEARNING SEMINAR
  • Speaker: Various Members, CARMA, The University of Newcastle
  • Title: Ideas for large class teaching from Eric Mazur
  • Location: Room V129, Mathematics Building (Callaghan Campus) The University of Newcastle
  • Time and Date: 12:00 pm, Tue, 11th Jun 2013
  • Abstract:

    Presenters: Judy-anne Osborn, Ben Brawn, Mick Gladys.

    Eric Mazur is a Harvard physicist who has become known for the strategies that he introduced for teaching large first year service (physics) classes, in such a way that seems to improve the students' conceptual understanding of the material whilst not hurting their exam performance. The implementation of the ideas include the use of clicker-like technology (Mick Gladys will talk about his own implementation using mobile phones) as well as lower tech card-based analogues. We will screen a Youtube video showing Professor Mazur explain his ideas, and then describe how we have adapted some of them in maths and physics.

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  • TEACHING SERIES SEMINAR
  • Speaker: Various Members, CARMA, The University of Newcastle
  • Title: A joint presentation from members of the Schools of Education and MAPS
  • Location: Room V129, Mathematics Building (Callaghan Campus) The University of Newcastle
  • Time and Date: 12:00 pm, Tue, 21st May 2013
  • Abstract:

    In response to a recent report from Australia's Chief Scientist (Prof Ian Chubb), the Australian government recently sought applications from consortia of universities (and other interested parties) interested in developing pre-service programs that will improve the quality of mathematics and science school teachers. In particular, the programs should:

    • be multi-institutional and cross-faculty and
    • produce teachers who view mathematics and science as contemporary, dynamic, forward-looking and collaborative human endeavours.

    At UoN, a group of us from Education and MAPS produced the outline of a vision for our own BTeach/BMath program which builds on local strengths. In the context of very tight timelines, this became a part of an application together with five other universities. In this seminar we will outline the vision that we produced, and invite further contributions and participation, with a view to improving the BMath/BTeach program regardless of the outcome of the application of which we are a part.

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  • TEACHING SERIES SEMINAR
  • Speaker: Dr Judy-anne Osborn, CARMA, The University of Newcastle
  • Title: On the role of a First Year Experience Coordinator in Mathematics
  • Location: Room V129, Mathematics Building (Callaghan Campus) The University of Newcastle
  • Time and Date: 12:00 pm, Tue, 19th Mar 2013
  • Abstract:
    I am grateful to have been appointed in a role with a particular focus on First Year Teaching as well as a research mandate. The prospect of trying to do both well is daunting but exciting. I have begun talking with some of my colleagues who are in somewhat similar roles in other Universities in Australia and overseas about what they do. I would like to share what I've learnt, as well as some of my thoughts so far about how this new role might evolve. I am also very interested in input from the Maths discipline or indeed any of my colleagues as to what you think is important and how this role can benefit the maths discipline and our school.
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  • CARMA TEACHING AND LEARNING SEMINAR
  • Speaker: Dr Deborah King, The University of Melbourne
  • Title: An experience of directing a mathematics and statistics learning centre at the University of Melbourne
  • Location: Room V204a, Mathematics Building (Callaghan Campus) The University of Newcastle
  • Dates: Tue, 3rd Apr 2012 - Tue, 3rd Apr 2012
  • Abstract:
    The Mathematics and Statistics Learning Centre was established at the University of Melbourne over a decade ago, to respond to the needs of, initially, first year students of mathematics and statistics. The role of the centre and its Director has grown. The current Director, Dr Deborah King, will expound upon her role in the Centre.
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