Two keynote speakers from the UK talked on the benefits of collaboration amongst different institutions for the development of new mathematics learning supports and initiatives.
Professor Tony Croft, Loughborough University and director of sigma, the Centre for Excellence in Mathematics and Statistics Support in the UK
Title: ? Developing and enhancing mathematics support networks
Abstract: In the UK, the sigma centre for excellence in university-wide mathematics and statistics support, based at Loughborough and Coventry Universities, has worked hard to establish a network of professionals associated with this important and growing field. The sigma-network, formed in 2010, disseminates good practice, shares expertise, stimulates the wider development of mathematics and statistics support provision, and works to support those individuals striving to improve the student experience. In this talk sigma director Tony Croft (Loughborough) will chart the development of the sigma-network, and describe some of the many aspects of its work. He will offer his insight into ways in which we can work together to enhance mathematics support networks.? He will then present several ideas intended to encourage discussion about ways in which delegates may wish to develop their own centres.?Presentation.
Mathematics Learning Support Initiatives in Ireland: All participants submitted brief proposals for contribution to the workshop. Those who are involved in mathematics learning support in third level institutions submitted a one page document describing one innovation\intervention\initiative that they have tried in their institution relating to mathematics learning support. In this document participants detail the outcomes, advantages and disadvantages of the initiative.
At the conference, each proposer gave a two minute presentation introducing themselves and talked about their submission. There was a general group discussion on the various projects and potential collaborative projects.
IMLSN Committee Report: The committee gave a presentation on their progress to-date and updated participants on initial results of the mathematics learning support evaluation survey carried out by several institutions last semester.
The official IMLSN Website and the winner of the student logo competition were both announced.?The winning logo was designed by Ruair? Nealon from the University of Limerick. It appears on the top left hand corner of the webpage and will be included with all official IMLSN documentation. The IMLSN are grateful to Ois?n Doyle for his work on producing the final image.?The competition was open to all undergraduate students at third level institutions in Ireland who were studying some level of mathematics and\or statistics in their degree – official entries.
IMLSN AGM: The AGM was held at the end of the meeting where we discussed the formation of the new IMLSN committee and IMLSN constitution was discussed and ratified. In particular we discussed what direction the network should take, and other issues such as official network membership etc. The initial committee were in place for almost two and a half years and were thanked for their efforts. A discussion was also held with the keynotes speakers as regards the best steps forward for the IMLSN.