iPads for teaching and learning mathematics: collaborative group-work in an engineering-appropriate setting.

Jones, Matthew ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5252-5234, Megeney, Alison ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3274-7809 and Sharples, Nicholas ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1722-5647 (2021) iPads for teaching and learning mathematics: collaborative group-work in an engineering-appropriate setting. In: UCLan Conference: "Supporting Engineering Students with Weak Maths Skills and Widening Participation", 25 Mar 2021, Online. . [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Middlesex University's Department of Design Engineering and Mathematics is piloting the use of iPads in teaching mathematics to students on our suite of engineering and mathematics programs.

In this talk I will illustrate how we've been using iPads to teach and learn mathematics with some example content and I will share the results of our pilot so far:

In Phase 1 (beginning June 2018) staff have been developing iPads as lecturing tools. For engineering students our approach teaches small groups in a workshop setting by working on practical problems in an engaging way:
* iPad "Virtual whiteboard" lets us handwrite commentary and calculations on top of prepared slides.
* wireless presenting means we can engage in small group discussions and immediately share findings with the wider class.
* Augmented Reality tools bring abstract mathematical objects directly to the workbench.
We use the iPads to record video and audio of everything presented for upload to the VLE.

In Phase 2 (beginning September 2020) we started issuing iPads to students. We found key benefits to student engagement:
* students collaborated more by using virtual whiteboards.
* students sought feedback more frequently, and we were able to provide it more quickly!
* a common hardware and software deployment improved access to the course and provided a uniform experience for students.

I will also briefly address the logistical issues of deploying iPads.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Presentation)
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Design Engineering and Mathematics
Item ID: 33102
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Depositing User: Nicholas Sharples
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2021 15:40
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 17:56
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/33102

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