About the Repository
The First-Year Mathematics and Statistics Courses Repository is a resource supporting an ongoing national dialogue about teaching first year mathematics and statistics at Canadian universities. This shareable dynamic online database contains extensive data collected from mathematics and statistics instructors across the country. Data includes course content, resource and technology used, learning outcomes, modes of delivery, connections with other courses, as well as informal descriptions of various practices in teaching these courses.
It is our hope that instructors (i.e., our contacts at all participating universities, or their colleagues) will keep the database up to date, as well as provide missing, and additional information.
The main purpose of the First-Year Mathematics and Statistics Courses Repository is to provide an open, organized and comprehensive resource of information about first-year mathematics and statistics courses at Canadian Universities. We hope to enrich the content as we move along.
Slides of the presentation (containing a broader context of our First-Year Math project and information about the Repository) that Veselin Jungic gave at the meeting of Canadian Mathematics and Statistics Department chairs in Ottawa, 23 March 2019.
Forthcoming conferences and meetings in 2021
♦ We continue our Online Teaching Meet Ups! Each session will be approximately 1-1.5 hours with the following flexible structure: a short presentation, possibly a discussion in breakout rooms, and a general discussion. Each session will have a specific theme related to teaching. We will send out a communication a week before each session (including a Zoom link, which will be provided on this page as well) so that you can prepare yourself to chat, share, and listen. The dates are:
♦ 15 April 2021 (Thursday), 4:30pm (EST) [meeting link]: Collège d’enseignement général et professionnel (CEGEP) … We strive to be more inclusive with FYMSiC. Most of us are not fully aware of what is being taught in, or the successes and challenges in teaching mathematics and statistics at CEGEP, and beyond, in universities in Quebec. For this first session on mathematics in Quebec, we will invite 3-4 CEGEP instructors to share their teaching experiences with us.
♦ Wednesday, 5 May, 2021 meet-up, 2:30-4pm (EDT=Toronto time); theme TBA
♦ Wednesday, 19 May, 2021 meet-up 2:30-4pm (EDT=Toronto time); theme TBA
♦ CMS Summer Meeting (virtual), 4-7 June, 2021, in e-Ottawa … Meeting information.
♦ Canadian Mathematics Education Study Group virtual meeting, 11-13 June 2021 … Meeting information
♦ Wednesday, 14 July, 2021 meet-up 2:30-4pm (EDT=Toronto time); theme TBA
♦ Wednesday, 28 July, 2021 meet-up 2:30-4pm (EDT=Toronto time); theme TBA
♦ Wednesday, 11 August, 2021 meet-up 2:30-4pm (EDT=Toronto time); theme TBA
♦ Wednesday, 25 August, 2021 meet-up 2:30-4pm (EDT=Toronto time); theme TBA
♦ First Year Math and Stats conference will be back in 2022!
Past meet ups:
♦ 18 March 2021 (Thursday), 4:30pm (EST) [meeting link (zoom)]: Reflection & Check-in … A space for a lively and healthy dialogue discussing, among other things, the following questions about online teaching and learning:
- What have you learnt about yourself and your teaching practice?
- What have your students learnt about online learning?
- What will you use or not use when you eventually come back to teaching in person?
- How has the mathematics and statistics you teach changed?
Read our jamboard with many good, interesting, and creative replies to these questions.
Veselin Jungic published his opinion piece “Despite the pandemic, the rules of academic integrity still apply” in University Affairs, 21 April 2020.
First Year in Maths is a network of over 200 mathematicians, statisticians and educators teaching in universities, colleges and schools in Australia and New Zealand.
Have something interesting to share? Send your contribution to our First-year Math and Stats in Canada Newsletter editors.
We believe that only by sharing experiences, gathering data, and looking at research-based decisions and strategies, our mathematical teaching community can come up with ideas and initiatives for university faculty and instructors to restructure their programs and to respond to the demands that the realities of today’s living place on us and our students.
It is our belief that the contacts at a national level (such as the Mathematics Education Session at the CMS conference in Waterloo in December 2017, the First Year Conference in April 2018 at the Fields Institute, and the Winter CMS Session in Vancouver in December 2018) will connect, and unite Canadian teaching and research faculty in their efforts to provide the best, and most adequate, post-secondary math education possible, and will provide a forum for all involved to learn about the complexity of issues related to teaching mathematics. We see the national dialogue as an ongoing process that will keep us all connected and strengthen our community.
1. Who is the intended audience?
All interested faculty in mathematics and statistics departments in Canada, mathematics and statistics department chairs, college instructors, high school teachers (grade 12 mostly) interested in knowing what’s going on in level 1 mathematics and statistics, as well as education developers and publishers.