Mathematics Teaching Induction Course.
In collaboration with NTNU, MatRIC has run this course on two occasions and we are now beginning to plan the third 'run'. The course is composed of about 100 hours work comprising about 40 hours contact and 60 hours on course tasks and a project. So far, the course has attracted small cohorts, the participants who have completed the course have reported very high levels of satisfaction. The course focuses on teaching and learning mathematics in higher education, a sharp focus on mathematics education reflects the intention to be complementary to the UniPed course. The course that finished in June 2018 included guest lecturers from Germany, The Netherlands, UK and USA in addition to mathematicans and mathematics educators from Norwegian higher education institutions. More information about the course that finished June 2018 can be found at https://www.matric.no/articles/82
It is planned to start the next run in the early autumn 2019. This time we hope to run the course in collaboration with the German Centre for Higher Mathematics Education KHDM. https://www.khdm.de/en/
Mathematics Student Teaching Assistants.
In higher education we often place a lot of responsibility in the hands of students and doctoral research fellows as mathematics teaching assistants. Very often these have very little preparation for the task and little support or direction. A notable exception is the 'LAOS – Learning assistant training' programme at NTNU. At the 2018 MatRIC conference Frode Rønning will be describing this programme.
MatRIC is also developing a programme for developing the educational competencies of student teaching assistants at the University of Agder. At UiA student teaching assistants are used especially with large first year mathematics courses for economics and engineering programmes and calculus, as well as for providing help in the Drop-in mathematics support centres. The MatRIC programme begins with a short intensive residential course held at a holiday centre near Kristiansand. A hard day's work with presentations on pedagogy, teaching and supporting mathematics learning, problem-solving and discussions is followed by some hours messing around on the water or playing volley ball etc.
MatRIC then provides resources for the student teaching assistants to meet regularly with the teacher responsible for the course to discuss issues that have arisen through the teaching assistants work with learners.
The teaching assistants report that the residential course is of high value, both educationally and socially. One goal is to raise the status of student teaching assistants, improve their competence and develop a cadre of student expertise that will grow in competence and competence. An example of material provided on the course is available at https://www.matric.no/resources/128