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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


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

Joint ALDinHE / sigma Network Symposium – 22nd July 2019

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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

Impact and Evaluation of Mathematics Support – 15th March 2019

Lanchester Library, Coventry University Friday 15th March 2019 10.30am – 3.30pm A free workshop to explore ways of evaluating the impact of your mathematics and statistics support service. Draft Programme 10.00am              Registration and coffee 10.30am               Welcome and housekeeping 10.35am               A senior management perspective .                                (Duncan Lawson, former PVC Newman University) 11.20am               Comfort break 11.30am              Continue 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

Tutor training for statistics support, Coventry – 26th October 2018

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New Tutor Training at Leeds – 24th September 2018

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 Monday 24th September 2018, at the UniversityContinue Reading

Using social media for maths and statistics support – 27th June 2018

Staffordshire University, 10.00 – 15.30, Wednesday 27th June 2018 The aim of this free one-day event is to provide ideas and inspiration to delegates as to how they can use social media to enhance their maths support provision, as well as giving confidence in using some of the most popular social media tools. We areContinue Reading

Statistics Training for Mathematics and Statistics Support Tutors – 20th April 2018

Coventry University sigma Centre, 10.00 am  – 4.00 pm, Friday 20th April 2018 The sigma Network Special Interest Group (SIG) in Statistics Support is delighted to announce a workshop on ’Statistics Training for Mathematics and Statistics Support Tutors’, being held on Friday 20th April 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm at Coventry University. This free event offers anContinue Reading