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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
 A YouTube recording of the day is available at: 
A summary of some of the Workshop presentations are included in the June 2020 Special Edition of the sigma Network Newsletter


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

New Tutor Training in Essex – 7th November 2018

Will your maths support centre be employing new tutors in the coming year? For example, UG/PG students or academic staff who are new to the practice of maths and statistics support in HE? The sigma Network is offering a FREE one-day training workshop for new mathematics and statistics support tutors on Wednesday 7th November 2018, at the University of Essex. ThisContinue Reading

Mathematics and statistics support in the age of Big Data – 13th March 2017

Mathematics and Statistics Support in the Age of “Big Data” Monday 13th March 2017, University of Essex The sigma Network and the University of Essex invite you to a FREE event to explore how HE maths support provision can respond to the demands of “big data”. Increasingly it is not just STEM students who need mathematicalContinue Reading

Promoting and Evaluating your Maths Support Service – 25 April 2016

The sigma Eastern England Hub is hosting a free networking event – ‘Promoting and Evaluating your Maths Support Service’ at the Silberrad Student Centre, University of Essex on Monday 25th April 2016 starting at 12:00. If you are involved in the provision of mathematics and statistics support in higher education, this event will give youContinue Reading

sigma Eastern England Tutor Training – 2 March 2016

The sigma Eastern  England Hub is holding a free new tutor training session on Wednesday March 2nd  2016,  from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, at the University of East London,  Docklands campus. This free training day is for tutors who work in mathematics and statistics support centers or who otherwise support students to enhance their mathematical skills. The course will be delivered by membersContinue Reading

sigma Eastern England Hub Mathematica meeting – 3 February 2016

On  Wednesday 3rd of February at Essex University,  Colchester there will be a presentation and discussion on the software Mathematica (To be held in PC Lab M, in Room 4S.2.4 .) The agenda for the day is as follows: · 12.00 – 12.30 Arrive. Sandwich lunch · 12.30 – 14..30 Presentation by Andrew Pollard ofContinue Reading

R Day: Delivery of Statistics Support using R – 2 December 2015

 Place: University of Essex  Date: Wednesday 2nd December 2015  10:30 am refreshments for a 10:45 am start.To finish by 4:30 pm. The popular and free software termed “R” is already well used by academics across various disciplines. The R Day, to be held at the University of Essex Campus near Colchester, will focus on howContinue Reading

sigma Network One Day Event on GeoGebra and ICT for Mathematics Support – 15 May

The Eastern sigma Hub is planning to run a free Workshop on GeoGebra and ICT for Mathematics Support , on 15 May at Essex University, Colchester Campus from 10:30 to 16:00. This one day event on ICT in the support of mathematics at University will focus on the free software GeoGebra ( and how it can be usedContinue Reading

Models for the delivery of Maths/Stats support – 16 December 2014

Place: University of East London (UEL) Date: Tuesday 16th December 2014 10:30 am refreshments for an 11 am start. To finish by 3:00 pm.  This will be a networking event organised by the sigma Eastern England Hub for people involved in the provision of mathematics and statistics support in higher education. Attendees will have the opportunityContinue Reading