I am delighted to announce that the call for presentation abstracts for CETL-MSOR 2021 is now open. The Conference Committee warmly welcomes submissions relating to the learning and teaching of mathematics and statistics within any discipline in higher education. For CETL-MSOR 2021, we are particularly keen to receive submissions that can demonstrate enhancements that are based on reflective and evidence-informed practice in relation to the following themes:
Lessons learnt from the past that will enhance the future
As we move towards a “new normal”, many methods of teaching and learning will change. However, there are some traditional methods that will continue and will be enhanced by any online methods that we employ. This theme invites work that may have been completed before the pandemic to be shared, reflecting on how it may inform practice in the future.
MSOR in the pandemic
The pandemic changed education overnight. Many methods had to be adapted extremely quickly to provide some form of learning to our students. Furthermore, extra considerations needed to be given to students with special educational needs. This theme invites reflections on practice during the pandemic, how successful they were, whether they will be used going forward, and any changes implemented based on considerations whilst the pandemic was at its height.
Online assessment practices
Many educators will have had to adapt to online learning including assessing students online. It appears increasingly likely that online assessment will be used more and more. This theme invites suggestions of good practice when assessing students online, both formative and summative.
Online education: Communities of teaching and learning
Alongside assessment, online teaching and learning has progressed significantly due to pandemic. Online education has provided opportunities for many more students as well as causing significant issues for others. Indeed, have we been successful in engaging our students as online learners? This theme invites discussions on how communities of learners have been changed through online education and how teaching practice will have changed as a result.
A blended future?
With a return to in person teaching and learning in the not too distant future, will we simply return to what we did in the past or will there be a hybrid of methods both online and offline? This theme therefore invites consideration of the future of MSOR education and how practice may look based on informed research.
We invite you to submit abstracts for oral presentations (20 minute session), workshops (60 minute session), lightning talks (3 minute presentation), and posters. We are also interested in receiving student-led submissions. All presentations, talks, and workshops can be provided in-person or virtually at the conference. When completing the submission form, please inform us of your current preference of either in-person or online. This can be changed nearer to the conference if necessary.
I am also delighted to confirm that speakers will be encouraged to submit an article based on your conference contribution to an issue of MSOR Connections (https://journals.gre.ac.uk/index.php/msor/index), so please do think about this when you are planning your talk. The deadline for articles to be submitted to that edition of MSOR Connections will be 30th September 2021, giving you the opportunity to incorporate any feedback or questions from when you give your talk into the article.
If you would like to submit and abstract, please complete the abstract submission form which can be found alongside all other information on our conference webpages http://sigma.coventry.ac.uk/cetlmsor2021 by the deadline of 14 June 2021
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me and please do pass this information on to anyone not on the sigma mailing list who may be interested.
Dr Mark Hodds (MIMA, SFHEA)