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sigma Online Support Workshop – 29th May 2020

An online webinar, from 10.00 am to 4.30 pm (BST) on Friday 29th May 2020

The impact the Coronavirus pandemic has had on all of our lives is unprecedented and, as educators, we have had to very quickly adapt our ways of teaching and learning. In order to see how teaching and learning has changed, we are hosting an online support workshop showcasing what institutions and practitioners of mathematics and statistics support are offering now compared to what they offered before.

The day will involve viewing different online support platforms, such as Microsoft Teams, Big Blue Button, Adobe Connect, YouTube Live Streaming and more, showcased by the practitioners who are using them now to support their students. The aim is to provide the community with ideas on how to provide online support, the pros and cons of each system, how to advertise services to get students using the provision, and generally discuss online maths and stats support.

To conclude the day, we will show the results of a survey regarding maths and stats support provisions since the pandemic began and discuss what it means for maths and stats support going forward.

Programme  (All times in BST)

10:00am – Welcome and Introduction through Big Blue Button. Mark Hodds, Coventry University
10:10 – Online Maths and Stats Support at Western Sydney University through Zoom, Donald Sherman & Jim Pettigrew
10:40 – A comparison of Online Whiteboard Software. Tom Goodale, Liverpool John Moores University
11:05 – BREAK
11:15 – Big Blue Button, Mark Hodds Coventry University
11:45 – Adobe Connect, Sue Pawley, OU
12:15 – Microsoft Teams, James O’Malley, Maynooth University
12:45 – BREAK
13:00 – BB Collaborate, Jenny Freeman, Hope Thackray, Pete Hart, and Marta Emmett, University of Sheffield
13:30 – BB Collaborate with Skype, Monica Hess and Noel Parnis, Brunel
14:00 – YouTube Livestreaming, Peter Klappa, Kent
14:30 – BREAK
15:30 – Issues surrounding online teaching and learning in maths and stats, a discussion
16:00 – Conclusions and Reporting of Online Provisions Survey results
16:30 – CLOSE
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 A YouTube recording of the day is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoFu78AKE9c 

 

Addressing maths/stats anxiety – 28th February 2020

University of Chester.   10.00am – 4.00pm The University of Chester is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a sigma Network workshop on Maths/Stats Anxiety at our beautiful Queen’s Park Campus on Friday 28th February 2020. The event is aimed at all maths/stats support colleagues who work with students experiencing maths/stats anxiety and wish to learn more,Continue Reading

Ideas Exchange in Statistics Teaching and Support – 16th January 2020

Thursday 16th January 2020, 10am-4pm, Sheffield Hallam University Do you have an interest in learning and teaching in statistics and/or statistics support in Higher Education? This FREE event, hosted by Sheffield Hallam University and organised by the sigma Network’s Special Interest Group in Statistics Support, aims to bring together like-minded colleagues to exchange ideas and shareContinue Reading

Mathematics Learning Activities: Transition to HE – 29th November 2019

University of Wolverhampton. 10.00 am to 4.00 pm We are delighted to invite members of the sigma Network to join our FREE one day mathematics education meeting under the theme of “Mathematics learning activities – transition to HE”.  The provisional programme is below: 10.00  Registration. Welcome. Coffee. 10.30  Keynote: Dr Kirsten Pfeiffer (University of Galway)  “Proof evaluationContinue Reading

New Tutor Training in Cardiff – 3rd October 2019

Will your maths support centre be employing new tutors in the coming year? For example, postgrad students or academic staff who are new to the practice of mathematics and statistics support in HE? The sigma Network is offering a FREE one-day training workshop for new maths and statistics support tutors on Thursday 3rd October 2019, at Cardiff University. OUTLINE PROGRAMMEContinue Reading

New Tutor Training in Greenwich – 20th September 2019

A training session for new maths support tutors is taking place on Friday 20th September 2019, from 10.00am to 3.00pm, at the University of Greenwich. The day is aimed at training PhD students at Greenwich who will be taking on tutoring work in mathematics and statistics support in the coming year, but it is being openedContinue Reading

New Tutor Training in Manchester – 13 September 2019

Will your maths support centre be employing new tutors in the coming year? For example, postgrad students or academic staff who are new to the practice of mathematics and statistics support in HE? The sigma Network is offering a FREE one-day training workshop for new maths and statistics support tutors on Friday 13th September 2019, at the University of Manchester.Continue Reading

Joint ALDinHE / sigma Network Symposium – 22nd July 2019

Current issues in differentiating Learning Development University of Bedfordshire, Luton Campus Monday 22 July 2019,  9.45am – 3.45pm You are invited to the first co-delivered ALDinHE and sigma Network event to share and discuss current issues in Learning Development and academic skills support provision across a range of disciplines and skills areas. The focus ofContinue Reading

Getting started with free analysis software for statistics support – 18th July 2019

University of Chester,  10:00am to 4:00pm The University of Chester, in collaboration with the sigma Network’s Special Interest Group in Statistics Support, will be hosting our first sigma Network event: “Getting started with free analysis software for statistics support”. This FREE event is aimed at statistics support colleagues who have no or limited experience withContinue Reading

Online Maths Support for Remote Learners – 3rd July 2019

Staffordshire University, 10:00am – 4:00pm A FREE sigma Network event. We are delighted to welcome two experts from the Open University as our keynote speakers, Dr Tim Lowe and Dr Sue Pawley. Between them they will cover how they teach mathematics online and how maths students are supported remotely outside formal teaching time. It is anticipated thatContinue Reading