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Robert Surowiec

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(Fwd) workshops in Nov on tablet PCs and Graduate skills
Posted: Oct 28, 2010 6:44 AM
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Good Morning All!

Apologies for cross-posting. Forwarded on behalf of Peter Rowlett

Some of you may be interested in the 2 workshops described below.....

Thanks and best wishes for now............Robert S


The HEA MSOR Network is offering two workshops in November as part of the National HE
STEM Programme Mathematical Sciences Curriculum Innovation Project.

The first is on using technology such as tablet PCs and screencasting in delivering
mathematics. The second is on embedding graduate skills in mathematical sciences
programmes. Outlines and links to further information are below. Both workshops are free to
attend but registration is required.

I would be grateful if you could pass these details to interested staff.



Peter Rowlett
HE Curriculum Innovation Advisor
Maths, Stats and OR Network, School of Mathematics,
University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT<> /<>

Using IT when teaching mathematics classes
University of Nottingham
Friday 19 November 2010, 12:30-16:15
Experience has shown that one of the most successful ways to deliver mathematics lectures
is by working through handwritten notes and examples. This workshop will explore ways that
technology can enhance this process. Tablet PCs offer a modern approach to chalk and talk
that can replicate most of the best features of writing on a board while allowing improved
delivery, such as being able to annotate existing notes and insert graphics such as circles
and lines into diagrams. Using a tablet opens up new opportunities, such as integrating
software into lectures and recording onscreen content as video with synchronised sound for
later viewing and distribution.
This workshop will demonstrate methods of teaching from a tablet and recording lectures as
screencasts that have worked successfully at Nottingham. The focus will be on the approach
taken and the effect on teaching practice rather than the technical details, although asking
technical questions will be possible. Some examples of screencasts that have been
produced are available, see
Further details and registration:

Embedding Graduate Skills in Your Mathematical Sciences Programme
Sheffield Hallam University
Wednesday 24th November 2010, 10:00-16:00
There is clearly pressure from all quarters to develop courses that more effectively prepare
graduates for employment, and raise student awareness of the range and importance of the
skills that they need. There are significant barriers involved, however, when seeking to
modify Mathematics programmes to encourage the development of graduate skills. One is
fundamentally philosophical, as some will wish to retain the pure, theoretical nature of their
courses. Another is the practical difficulty of finding space for graduate skill development in a
crowded curriculum.
This latter problem can be addressed - at least in part - by developing different approaches
toward learning, teaching and assessment, and by encouraging students to take part in
extracurricular activities. Central to this is the need to increase student awareness of the
wider purpose of each activity in developing their skills, and the value of doing so.
A series of short case studies are being developed, each focussed on specific graduate
skills, providing examples of ways in which these have been successfully developed. This
workshop will explore approaches other UK mathematical sciences departments have taken
and encourage discussion of the place of skills development in the curriculum and what
successful approaches have in common.
Further details and registration:

------- End of forwarded message -------Robert Surowiec
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Maths, Stats & OR Network - a Subject Centre of the Higher Education Academy
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