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The University of Auckland
Fri 21 Nov 2014, 3:00pm
Department Colloquium
Math Annex 1100
Reducing lectures, making students responsible, and offering semi-authentic mathematical experiences.
Math Annex 1100
Fri 21 Nov 2014, 3:00pm-4:00pm


 In the Mathematics Department of The University of Auckland a major research project into undergraduate mathematics learning outcomes has required the development of three innovative ways to deliver undergraduate mathematics. One of these involves reducing lectures to less than one per week, handing responsibility for most of their mathematical learning to students using web or text resources. We then use the staff time saved to provide semi-authentic mathematical experiences in which students work in small groups for up to two hours at a time guided by a lecturer on open-ended mathematical situations. Such sessions require new teaching skills and new learning orientations. There is some evidence that we have made progress on the development of mathematical process skills.
Our research shows that, with our small trial groups, students perform at similar levels on the conventional assessments as do the students in the standard courses.