Making connections: engaging student technology teachers with a mathematics module

Milne, S. and Honeychurch, S. (2014) Making connections: engaging student technology teachers with a mathematics module. In: HEA STEM Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2014: Enhancing the STEM Student Journey, John McIntyre Conference Centre, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh First, Pollock Halls campus, 18 Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh, EH16 5AY, 30 April - 1 May 2014,

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Abstract

Over the last three sessions, we have redeveloped a Mathematics module for student Technology teachers to provide an experience that is more relevant to the students’ intended career. The most recent version uses Moodle forums, wikis and the “External Tool” facility, social media, group projects and Mahara. Previously, this was essentially a revision module, intended to ensure that students could cope with the mathematical aspects of the rest of their course. Students were required to complete ten topic tests, and attendance was mandatory only until they had done so, leading to a “race to finish” attitude. Engagement was minimal and the relevance of the module to the remainder of their course was poorly understood. We introduced a “topics wiki” in which groups of students collaborate to provide additional explanations and resources around the course content. The efforts so far are very worthwhile and will be of use to those with less experience of Maths and to future students. Students are encouraged to discuss module content during class time, and in the forums and Facebook group. We are also encouraging students to use the wikis and group projects to build personal e-portfolios using Mahara. In this presentation, we shall set out our reasons for redesigning the existing course, and for selecting the additional activities. We shall report on students’ reaction to this year’s module, present examples of student engagement with the course, and put forward ideas for further development, which could be the basis for discussion.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Honeychurch, Ms Sarah and Milne, Dr Susan
Authors: Milne, S., and Honeychurch, S.
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics
College/School:University Services > Learning and Teaching Services Division
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 The Higher Education Academy
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
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