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- MathsCasts: enhancing the resource base for mathematics support centres
- Loch, Birgit; Croft, Tony; Gill, Olivia
- Mathematics support centres can be found in many universities in the UK, in Ireland and in Australia as well as in other parts of the world. In these countries they are now part of the landscape of higher education---providing, as they do, individualised help to the many students who embark upon higher education courses and find that they are mathematically underprepared for the demands of those courses. Provision of mathematics support is widely recognised as a positive response to a deep underlying problem. Widening of participation and budget cuts are strong drivers to motivate the investigation of educational technologies to benefit students seeking help in mathematics support centres. European universities face financial challenges as a result of the global financial crisis and budget cuts. In England and Ireland in particular there is increased uncertainty as a result of sweeping funding changes introduced for 2012/13. In Australia, the uncapping of university places from 2012 is expected to lead to an influx of students with lower mathematical backgrounds. The need to offer high-quality, flexible help to more students in this financially-constrained environment has led to the establishment of a collaborative research project based in three support centres. The three centres at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, the University of Limerick in Ireland, and Loughborough University in the UK have formed this research collaboration to produce and promote 'MathsCasts'. MathsCasts are short (typically 5 minutes) narrated recordings of handwritten communication on a computer screen, recorded by a tutor using tablet technology. They contain mathematical explanations of the topics and concepts that students visiting the three support centres struggle with. Many cover just one example in a lot of detail. Before publication, each MathsCast is peer-reviewed to ensure correctness and quality. MathsCasts provide students with the flexibility to receive mathematical explanations whenever and wherever they like.
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- Book chapter
- Research centre
- Swinburne University of Technology
- Media enhanced teaching and learning: case studies and evidence of effective use / Peter Rowlett (ed.), pp. 22-23
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- Flexible delivery modes; Mathematics studies; MathsCasts; Screencasts; Undergraduate mathematics
- Mathematical Sciences HE Curriculum Innovation Project
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