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  1. Mathematics Support Michael Grove1 & Tony Croft2 1Maths, Stats & OR Network, School of Mathematics, University of Birmingham 2 Maths, Stats & OR Network, Mathematics Education Centre, & sigma CETL, Loughborough University

  2. Facts, Formulae and Information Leaflets: Pure Mathematics ‘More’ Facts & Formulae Mechanics Probability & Statistics Maths for Computer Science (~21,000 distributed in 2007/2008) Resources & Publications

  3. Refresher Guides Algebra Calculus Numeracy Resources & Publications

  4. Resources & Publications • Range of other publications:

  5. Resources & Publications • Publications & Guides • Ideas from Mathematics Education - An Introduction for Mathematicians • Good Practice in the Provision of Mathematics Support Centres • Supporting Good Practice in Assessment in Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research • Probability & Statistics in Microsoft Excel™

  6. Resources & Publications • Quarterly newsletter: MSOR Connections • Distributed free of charge • All issues available online (www.mathstore.ac.uk/newsletter) • Recent articles: • The strength of the community: how GeoGebra can inspire technology integration in mathematics teaching • Developing graduate and employability skills within a mathematical sciences programme • Student experiences of the transition to university • Using a problem-based approach to teach statistics to postgraduate science students: A case study

  7. Mathematics Support mathcentre mathtutor

  8. Funding Opportunities • Funding for mini-projects • Learning from Mistakes - An Analysis of Misconceptions and Mal-rules at the University Transition – Dirk Hermans (Birmingham) • Accessibility in MSOR: LaTeX and Braille – Peter Rowlett (Nottingham Trent) • Learning Basic Statistics by Solving Problems – Jennifer Freeman (Sheffield) • Study skills in the Mathematical Sciences – Martin Greenhow (Brunel)

  9. Annual Conference (CETL-MSOR 2009): 7/8 September, Open University Refereed Proceedings www.mathstore.ac.uk/conference2009 Annual Conference

  10. One-day workshops - free of charge Offered nationally – range of dates www.mathstore.ac.uk/postgrads2009 Postgraduate Teaching Workshops ‘I think every student who has to demonstrate should attend a workshop like this.’

  11. Network Funded Resources • E-learning Modules (Dave Woods – Southampton) • Design of experiments http://www.doe.soton.ac.uk/elearning • Modern regression methods http://chemtools.chem.soton.ac.uk/projects/stats

  12. Network Funded Resources • DragMath: A free ‘drag and drop’ equation editor • STACK: Computer-assisted assessment in mathematics • Mathletics: A suite of computer-assisted assessments • Java Applets for Pure Mathematics http://www.david-jordan.staff.shef.ac.uk/shop/

  13. R and Rpanel • The rpanel package provides a set of simple interactive controls for R functions which are particularly useful in creating dynamic graphics http://www.stats.gla.ac.uk/~adrian/rpanel/ • R-books: Interactive course-notes/text books which both animate key concepts and also provide learner feed-back. http://r-forge.r-project.org/projects/rbooks/

  14. Model Choice • Model Choice is a system that presents a graded series of scenarios to students, at a level appropriate to their current learning, and challenges them to choose from a list the probability distribution that should be used to model the outcome of the stochastic experiment being described. • Testing Statistics

  15. Contact us Contact Details Michael Grove (M.J.Grove@bham.ac.uk) Tony Croft (A.C.Croft@lboro.ac.uk) Web Address www.mathstore.ac.uk