In April 2019, a conference on Mathematics Education took place in Utrecht. The conference brought together mathematicians, lectures of Mathematics in higher education and educational experts. New trends and innovations in Mathematics education have been explored and discussed. Over 60 participants attended the conference. The first day of the conference focused on Digital Testing of Mathematics, Learning Analytics and Blended and Online Learning of Mathematics. Hans Cuypers (TU/e) opened the 4TU.AMI workshop officially by welcoming the participants. He soon gave the floor to Annoesjka Cabo (TUD). She stressed the challenges of increasing number of students at the universities, whereas funding remains behind. How to teach this growing group of students and simultaneously increase learning outcomes are high on the agenda. A lot of topics on mathematical education will come by at this conference. It is important to think what the goals are and then how to achieve them: collaboration is crucial. Conferences provide an opportunity for people to meet each other and to share information. Support in all universities and from companies is required to implement innovations in a sustainable and a scalable way. Finally, she mentioned to not forget to stay connected with other fields. She ended with the note that passion about teaching, and the related development, is definitely there!
The Open Up Math project team would like to share with you some of the recent findings from the project, which is drawing to a close. This 4TU.AMI flagship project has supported the ambition that all lecturers share their educational resources openly by 2025.
In the beginning of 2017, the project started with the approval of the project proposal by the Ministry of Education. Through various activities, including workshops, surveys, roadshows, the Open Education Global conference and InterTU study days, the project team has been collecting input from their constituency to explore how and under which circumstances math lecturers are willing to share their educational resources openly.
During the project, it became clear that it is hard to grow a culture of sharing, and even more so one of reusing materials. Results of the survey showed that sharing is easier with people you know. Therefore, it is important to extend people's network across the boundaries of their own university. Being part of a broader community also helps lecturers to understand and respect the cultures of other universities. According to feedback from the first survey, in order to keep the 4TU math community alive, it is necessary to have face-to-face meetings at least once a year. The InterTU study day, held each year at one of the four Dutch technical universities, is perfect for sharing experiences and building a community. Additionally, the pilot of EQUELLA demonstrated that this platform is an interesting and simple to use solution to facilitate the sharing of materials and set up an online community.
During the coming months, it will be of key importance to find out whether this platform will benefit TU Eindhoven, TU Delft, University of Twente as well as Wageningen University and Research. So, if you have not already done so, we urge you to take a look. There is already a considerable amount of material available on the platform for you to use. You can request access to EQUELLA through https://oncourse.tue.nl/equella/4TU.AMI/. To find supporting information about open learning materials and community building, please visit: https://www.4tu.nl/ami/en/Education/Open-Up-Math/
The lessons learned from the project will be taken into account during other projects, including the innovation project Prime and the 4TU.AMI Blended Learning project.
The Open Up Math project team members would like to thank you all for your contributions to the project. We highly appreciate all the feedback we received and we hope to see you all at the next InterTU study day, which will be held in the spring of 2019 at the University of Twente.
Wednesday 14 February 2018
Dit boek gaat over de warrige wegen die wiskundigen in hun gedachten afleggen. Die wegen zijn niet zo exact als de formules suggereren. Ze zijn geplaveid met gepieker, tegenstrijdigheden, doodlopende steegjes, wanhoop, verwarring. Wiskundigen maken in hun denken creatief gebruik van intuïtie, analogieën en metaforen, paradoxen, dromen, plotselinge invallen. De logica daarin is ver te zoeken, het gevoel overheerst. Het gevoel als dat van een kunstenaar die zoekend te werk gaat. Dat zoeken is wiskunde.