On 28th November, the South East sigma hub organised a one day workshop on Using Online Resources and the Virtual Learning Environment to Promote and Enhance Maths Support. The event was hosted by one of the newest sigma Centres, Central St. Martins, University of the Arts London. This must be the first time that a meeting about maths support has taken place in an art studio!
There were seven speakers who presented on a variety of connected topics:
- The Evolution of a Support Centre: MathsAid online (Nigel Atkins, Kingston University)
- Flipping classrooms – using online resources with Excel and VLE to enhance Maths support (Allison Smale, Bucks New University)
- HowCloud: a new teaching and learning tool for mathematics (Joe Ros, HowCloud)
- Use of diagnostic testing to improve access to maths support (Chetna Patel, Sheffield University)
- Providing maths support and improving transition into university life through VLE at Brunel (Inna Namestnikova, Brunel University London)
- Use of VLE in Statistics and SPSS support at Brunel University (Christine Pereira, Brunel University London)
- Problems and solutions navigating to maths support resources (Leslie Fletcher, Liverpool John Moores University)
The meeting was well attended with 19 delegates from the following universities and organisations: Brunel University, Bucks New University, Dublin Institute of Technology, University of East London, University of Essex, University of Greenwich, HowCloud, King’s College London, University of Kingston, Liverpool John Moores, MEI, Portsmouth University, Royal Holloway, University of Sheffield and University of Sunderland.
During the lunch break delegates were given the opportunity to try out HowCloud and a couple of tablets for creating screencasts.
The presentation slides have been made available to delegates.