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The Tenth Southern Hemisphere Conference on the Teaching and Learning of Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics

Edit: I had a great deal of help for the poster from Andreas Matt, Antonia Mey and Adam Weston.

Tomorrow I will head to Port Elizabeth to the Elephant Delta 2015 conference: The Tenth Southern Hemisphere Conference on the Teaching and Learning of Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics – quite a mouthful of a title! It looks like it’s going to be an incredibly full week with a huge amount of new information, new people and new ideas. I am going to attempt to blog as much as I can from the conference. The program is spectacularly full with parallel sessions running through the day. The program can be found here.

I am already having a tough time deciding which talks to attend, so if you have a look at the program and see something that you would really like me to write about, then please leave a comment and I will do my best to get there and write up what I learn.…

Conference in Topology, Algebra, Analysis and Geometry Mafikeng South Africa, 8-11 September 2015

The School of Mathematical Science , North West University (Mafikeng Campus), will host the annual conference  in Topology, Algebra, Analysis and Geometry on

8-11 September 2015, in honour of Professor Jamshid Moori, who turns 70 this year. This is roving conference between University of Namibia, University of Botswana, North-West University and University of South Africa. Please visit the following link for more details, http://www.nwu.ac.za/sites/www.nwu.ac.za/files/files/mc/images/TAAG%20Call%20for%20Papers.pdf.

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By | February 26th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sticky Post – Read this first. Categories and Links in Mathemafrica

The navigability of Mathemafrica isn’t ideal, so I have created this post which might guide you to what you are looking for. Here are a number of different categories of post which you might like to take a look at:

Always write in a comment if there is anything you would like to see us write about, or you would like to write about.

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By | January 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

National Conference on Multilingualism in Higher Education

Eventually we want to make this a multilingual blogging platform. Some of the translations of the framework are in, and we hope to have the structure implemented soon. In addition we would love to get people blogging in other languages, and to get some of the current content translated.

The multilingual nature of South Africa is a very important issue in terms of education and there will be a conference focusing on this in August at UNISA. Check it out here.

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By | June 4th, 2015|Background, Conference advert|0 Comments

3rd International Workshop on Nonlinear and Modern Mathematical Physics 9-11 April 2015, Cape Town, South Africa

Check out the following conference happening near Cape Town in April:

3rd International Workshop on Nonlinear and Modern Mathematical Physics 9-11 April 2015, Cape Town, South Africa

 

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By | March 2nd, 2015|Conference advert, English, News|0 Comments

Women in Mathematics for Social Change & Sustainable Livelihoods

Please see here the poster for the women in Mathematics for social change and sustainable livelihoods conference in Naivasha, Kenya in July 2015.

AMUCWA-AWMA Kenya announcement

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By | March 4th, 2015|Conference advert, English|2 Comments

Brazil Delta Conference 2017, Liliane Xavier Neves: Multiple representations in the study of analytic geometry: production of videos in the distance learning of mathematics

Multiple representations in the study of analytic geometry: production of videos in the distance learning of mathematics

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Liliane Xavier Neves

Presentation at the 11th Southern Hemisphere Conference on the Teaching and Learning of Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics (‘Brazil Delta 2017 for short)

Qualitative research, describes students’ actions in relation to an activity of producing videos. Students were distance students studying Analytical Geometry and in Informatics applied to Maths Education.

Discuss with students using videos in maths classes and the making of the videos.

27 videos were produced by 85 students on topics from analytic geometry and calculus.

Powel, Francisco and Maher (2003), 7 stages of video production: Preview, Product description, Critical events, Transcription, Coding, Plotting, Composition of narrative.

What tools are used to analyse videos? NVivo.

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By | November 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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Blogging from The Tenth Southern Hemisphere Conference on the Teaching and Learning of Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics.

The zeroth day (before things really kick off with the talks) was both exciting and frustrating, with a group of lecturers and researchers from all corners of the Southern hemisphere, many of whom already knew each other from previous meetings. It seems to be an extremely friendly group, and drinks and snack flowed after registration opened yesterday evening.

The frustration came about because I was rather hoping that on speaking with people it would make choosing which talks to go to easier, but sadly everyone I spoke with seemed to be doing work that they were passionate about, and that was relevant to my own interest in mathematics education. I sit here on day 1 before the talks start none the wiser as to which talks to attend over the coming days, but pretty sure that it’s going to be an incredibly stimulating week.…

By | November 23rd, 2015|Conference, Elephant Delta 2015, Event|0 Comments

Create a MathLapse animation and win prizes from the IMAGINARY conference 2016

The following is taken from the IMAGINARY website.

A “MathLapse” (ML) is a new educational and artistic format, which highlights the link between mathematics and real-world phenomena. The name MathLapse is inspired by the timelapse-technique in physics: By re-scaling time, phenomena are visualized which we cannot directly observe.

A ML is short, simple, self-contained, creative and illustrates a single mathematical idea through true or virtual animated images. The content of ML is diverse. For example it can be a geometrical animation or a time-lapse, which go along with mathematical equations and concise explanations.

Everybody is invited to submit a MathLapse on the IMAGINARY platform. The jury will review all submissions and give prizes to the best MathLapses.

A first MathLapse-Festival will be organized at IC16, where the winners will be announced and their MathLapse movies will be screened. It is not necessary to participate at the IC16 conference.

Here is the trailer for the competition

Katzengold:

Primelapse:

See what you can come up with!…

By | January 12th, 2016|Competition|0 Comments

Brazil Delta Conference 2017, Greg Oates: Understanding of limits and differentiation as threshold concepts in a first year mathematics course

Understanding of limits and differentiation as threshold concepts in a first year mathematics course

Greg Oates (Robyn Reaburn, Michael Brideson, Kumudini Dharmasada)

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Presentation at the 11th Southern Hemisphere Conference on the Teaching and Learning of Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics (‘Brazil Delta 2017 for short)

Misconception from school: a graph can never cross an asymptote (Greg had never seen such a graph before university).

Beware of demonstrations that cement misconceptions like walking halfway to the wall repeatedly, the tortoise and the hare.

Threshold concepts – once you understand it, you can’t go back. Meyer & Land, 2003.

Bachelard 1938  -topics that are epistemological obstacles, hard to get.

Are limits threshold concepts?

Students see trickery when limits are taught.

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  • 1st year calculus
  • Pre-survey
  • Interviews
  • Repeat survey in 2nd semester
  • In survey, responses were true, false, never seen before, forgot
  • Only 14 responses from 270 students
  • 4 said you can’t cross a vertical or horizontal asymptote
  • 7 said the limit of sin x / x as x tends to 0 could probably be rewritten so the denominator is not l

In interviews, the way students talk about limits, asymptotes, infinity showed that it is a threshold concept.…

By | January 2nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments