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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 
A summary of some of the Workshop presentations are included in the June 2020 Special Edition of the sigma Network Newsletter

 

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

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

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

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New Tutor Training in Cardiff – 5th October 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 Friday 5th October 2018, at Cardiff University. OUTLINEContinue Reading

New Tutor Training at Leeds – 24th September 2018

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Designing effective learning spaces for mathematics and statistics support – 25th April 2018

Wednesday 25th April 2018 from 10:30 – 16:00. Sheffield Hallam University, Norfolk Building, room 609. The space in which students work and are supported by staff makes a significant difference to their engagement. Carefully designed shared open learning spaces can help create a partnership learning community within which student engagement can flourish. The capacity forContinue Reading

Employability development for HE mathematics and statistics – 16th February 2018

Workshop at Sheffield Hallam University, Friday 16th February 2018 from 10am-4pm.  All stakeholders in Higher Education are increasingly aware of the importance attached to the additional skills students should be gaining at university, over and above their course-specific skills. Students are concerned that courses will provide them with the full range of skills necessary toContinue Reading

sigma Network Annual General Meeting 2017

The Annual General Meeting of the sigma Network for Excellence in Mathematics and Statistics Support took place place on Tuesday 11th July 2017 at 4.00pm, at the University of Birmingham. AGENDA 1) Minutes of the 2016 AGM (available here) 2) Chair’s Report  (reports available here ) 3) Secretary’s Report 4) Treasurer’s Report 5) Ratification of Steering GroupContinue Reading