Learning Design in the School of Mathematics

Learning Design in the School of Mathematics

A record of work of the first Learning Designer in the School of Mathematics

Reading Time: 3 minutes This post is inspired by an article by Michael Seery (School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh) in the hope that it might help other departments facing similar challenges in the near future. There were a lot of other things happening in addition to what is summarised below, including communication with students. This post is specifically […]

Reading Time: < 1 minute Abstract In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, university mathematics departments in the UK adapted their teaching for 2020-21, with some courses being delivered digitally and others through a mixture of on-campus and digital delivery. A survey of linear algebra and calculus lecturers was carried out in the spring of 2021 to investigate what changes were […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes Sometimes it would be nice to modify a Moodle question bank without having to use the interface within Moodle (e.g. to systematically add the same tag to a bunch of questions or to unhide a large number of questions). This is possible thanks to the Moodle Backup and Restore features for courses. After backing up […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes Background I was part of a working group with Serveh Sharifi Far, Sue Sierra, Bruce Worton and Kostas Zygalakis whose task was to think about translating traditional workshops into synchronous hybrid workshops. Since there is still some uncertainty around timetabling and room availability, we comment mainly on how these workshops could work online. However, we […]

Reading Time: < 1 minute On Friday 15 May, I led a meeting to discuss and trial several possible ways of working collaboratively online on a mathematical task or activity. The following paper is the output of that exercise. It compares several possible solutions, including the use of phone camera as a document cameras, the use of shared notebooks such […]

Reading Time: < 1 minute The purpose of this blog is to document the work of the first Learning Designer in the School of Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh. As well as helping me to structure my thinking and practice, I hope it might be useful to others thinking about mathematics teaching in higher education. Learning Designer role description


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