First-Year Math & Stats in Canada

 

FYMSiC News

Announcements

2024 FYMSiC Online Conference: Why are we teaching mathematics today? – Thursday, May 9th, 2024

First-Year Math and Stats in Canada (FYMSiC) is organizing another FREE one-day online conference, titled “Why are we teaching mathematics today?”. We want to stir the pot and to have time to reflect. Let’s hear about different diverse opinions for yay or nay to teach our beloved subject, as Canada is one of the strongest still in mathematics, but declining nationally. 

The one-day online FYMSiC conference will be held on Thursday, May 9th, 2024, starting at 11:00 EDT and ending at 17:00 EDT.

The event will be hosted on Zoom with a link provided to registered attendees a week before the conference, as well as on the FYMSiC website (www.firstyearmath.ca). 

The plan is to have five sessions. Join one session or stay for the entire event!

Conference Schedule (Toronto times – EDT):

  • 11:00 — 11:10: Opening Remarks – Andie Burazin and Lauren DeDieu
  • 11:10 — 12:15: Session 1:
    Johanna Rämö (University of Eastern Finland, Finland)   
    Breaking the hierarchies in mathematics education
  • 12:20 — 13:25: Session 2:
    Annie Savard (McGill University, Canada)
    A fast-food tour of teaching Mathematics today: Poutine, noodles, and Big Mac
  • 13:25 — 14:00: Break
  • 14:00 — 14:40: Session 3: Four 10-Minute Talks
  • 14:45 — 15:50: Session 4:
    Emil Simeonov (FH Technikum Wien, Austria)
    “Why do I need this?” Is Mathematics becoming increasingly an alibi-subject?
  • 15:50 — 16:20: Break
  • 16:20 — 16:50: Session 5: Open Discussion
  • 16:50 — 17:00: Closing Remarks – Miroslav Lovric and Veselin Jungic

To register for the conference (for free!) and to sign up to give a 10-minute talk (if you wish), please visit the following link: https://forms.gle/i1SM6MLPh1LV3Ng3A 

Please note that 10-minute-talk topics should align with the conference theme, “Why are we teaching mathematics today?” The 10-minute talk signup deadline is Friday, April 5th, 2024.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 8th, 2024.

————————————————————————–

Bonjour FYMSiC! 🙂

Thanks to our dear colleague, Thierry Duchesne (Laval), a great job opportunity is being presented to our FYMSiC community!

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics of Université Laval invites applications for a tenure-track position in Analysis and its Applications. Although all areas in analysis will be considered, an expertise or strong interest in complex analysis, harmonic analysis, functional analysis or matrix analysis, and their applications, will be prioritized. 

Candidates can view the selection criteria and apply via Mathjobs (https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/list/24304).

Closing date: March 31st, 2024.

Valuing equity, diversity and excellence, Université Laval is committed to provide an inclusive work environment for all its employees. It also subscribes to an equal access to employment program for women, members of visible or ethnic minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities.

*****

Le Département de mathématiques et de statistique de l’Université Laval sollicite des candidatures pour un poste de professeure ou professeur en analyse et ses applications. Bien que tous les domaines de spécialisation en analyse soient recevables, une expertise particulière ou un intérêt marqué pour l’analyse complexe, l’analyse harmonique, l’analyse fonctionnelle ou l’analyse matricielle, et leurs applications, sera priorisé.

Les candidats peuvent consulter les critères de sélection et postuler via Mathjobs (https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/list/24304).

Date limite : 31 mars 2024.

Valorisant l’équité, la diversité et l’excellence, l’Université Laval s’engage fermement à offrir à l’ensemble de son personnel un milieu de travail et de vie empreint d’une culture inclusive. Pour l’Université Laval, la diversité est source de richesse et nous encourageons les personnes qualifiées de toute origine, tout sexe, orientation sexuelle, identité ou expression de genre ainsi que les personnes handicapées à présenter leur candidature.

BONNE CHANCE! 🙂

 

Hihi FYMSiC! 🙂

A great opportunity is available at the University of British Columbia, thanks to our dear friend, Fok Leung (UBC):

UBC Teaching Project Postdoctoral Fellow Position

We have a third Teaching Project Postdoctoral Fellow position, suitable for people interested in teaching-faculty math positions. Our two Teaching Project Postdocs, Peter Harrington and Hannah Keese, are impressive people doing really interesting work, and we’d like to expand the group.

The position is on Mathjobs at: https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/list/24229

Happy applying! 🙂

 

Congratulations

Awards

Amenda Chow (Associate Professor, Teaching, York University) received the 2023 York University Faculty of Science Excellence in Educational Leadership Award. 

Press Release: https://www.yorku.ca/science/teaching-and-learning/spotlight-on-teaching/award-recipients/

Lynda Colgan (Professor Emerita, Queen’s University) received the 2023 Margaret Sinclair Memorial Award.

Press Release: https://www.fields.utoronto.ca/news/Dr-Lynda-Colgan-receives-2023-Margaret-Sinclair-Memorial-Award

 

In the News

Lauren DeDieu, Associate Professor (Teaching), University of Calgary was featured in Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40, Class of 2023.

Retrieved from: https://www.avenuecalgary.com/top-40-under-40/2023/lauren-dedieu/ 

 

Grants

Xinli Wang (Instructor, University of Manitoba) received the University of Manitoba Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Support Fund, Teaching Scholar (2023-2024). 
Project Title: Investigating whether artificial intelligence systems can help math students in learning mathematical proofs more effectively

Press Release: https://news.umanitoba.ca/congratulations-to-the-2023-scholarship-of-teaching-and-learning-support-fund-recipients/

Andie Burazin (Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, University of Toronto Mississauga), Lauren DeDieu (Associate Professor (Teaching), University of Calgary), Veselin Jungic (Teaching Professor, Simon Fraser University), and Miroslav Lovric (Professor, McMaster University) received a CMS Endowment Grant and PIMS Discretionary Funding.
Project Title: Canadian Mathematics Instructor Repository

 

Announcement

An announcement from Eugene Li (Chair, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Langara College):

As of May 1, 2024, our Mathematics and Statistics Department at Langara College will be split into two separate departments: Department of Mathematics, and Department of Statistics and Data Analytics (called STADA). STADA is the first statistics department at a college in British Columbia, if not in Canada as well. And I have the honour to be the founding Chair of STADA.

 

Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication
to mathematics and statistics education!

For past FYMSiC News, please visit the Past News.

 


FYMSiC Online Teaching Meet Ups

Online Teaching Meet Ups are a great virtual space to have a conversation about math and stats teaching and learning with students and educators. Each meet up has a specific theme such as ‘How to teach ‘em math proofs in first-year and beyond?’ or ‘What is CEGEP?’ or ‘Transitioning to university: high school teachers’ experiences and views’, which may be accompanied by a couple of presentations – but for sure, a healthy, therapeutic and cathartic dialogue is always there about teaching and learning!

 

Upcoming meet up … 

Wednesday, February 28th, 2024, at 4:00 p.m. (EST)

Zoom link: https://utoronto.zoom.us/j/85215506621

Passcode: fymsic

Title: Let’s focus on content and good examples PART 2

Abstract: 

By the end of [blank] course, my students should know or be familiar with the following mathematical content: ____________ , so that they can succeed in subsequent mathematics courses or elsewhere.

This winter term, we will investigate the content of a differential calculus course and integral calculus course in two separate meet ups. We plan to do the same for a first course in linear algebra and math proofs. We are aware that some content is non-negotiable within the course description or department and that some of us are not in the position to adjust the course content in a significant way. We can, though, do small epsilons of change when we teach. Also, YES, we want students to develop skills and have good forms of delivery and assessment within a course, but sometimes a discussion about content and good examples get lost.

Not necessary, but do if you wish – please pop a glance before the meet up in OpenStax Calculus Volume 1, Table of Contents: https://openstax.org/details/books/calculus-volume-1

To messiness and turbulence to spark great ideas! ????

 

Most recent meet up …

♦ Wednesday, January 31st, 2024, at 4:00 p.m. (EST)

 Title: Let’s focus on content and good examples

 Abstract: 

By the end of [blank] course, my students should know or be familiar with the following mathematical content: ____________ , so that they can succeed in subsequent mathematics courses or elsewhere.

This winter term, we will investigate the content of a differential calculus course and integral calculus course in two separate meet ups. We plan to do the same for a first course in linear algebra and math proofs. We are aware that some content is non-negotiable within the course description or department and that some of us are not in the position to adjust the course content in a significant way. We can, though, do small epsilons of change when we teach. Also, YES, we want students to develop skills and have good forms of delivery and assessment within a course, but sometimes a discussion about content and good examples get lost.

Please pop a glance before the meet up in OpenStax Calculus Volume 1, Table of Contents for Chapters 1-4: https://openstax.org/details/books/calculus-volume-1

We will discuss content and good examples when we meet.

To productive and fruitful meet ups!

See you around, neighbourinos! 🙂

Discussion Notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/13EH03TtuDXSsFMQWbUlnH-FORzzyWELkasuWgvuXo7M/edit?usp=sharing

 

Save the date …

♦ Wednesday, March 20th, 2024, at 4:00 p.m. (EDT)

 

For past FYMSiC Online Teaching Meet Ups & Events and Resources mentioned and discussed, please visit the Meet Ups page.

To join our emailing list for FYMSiC Meet Up Information and other FYMSiC Updates, please email a.burazin@utoronto.ca.

 


Other Math & Stats Education Events

February 9th — 11th, 2024 [Online]: SIMIODE EXPO 2024 International Online Conference

May 9th, 2024 [Online]: FYMSiC One-day Online Conference: Why are we teaching mathematics today?

May 31st — June 3rd, 2024 [In Person]: 2024 Canadian Mathematical Society Summer Meeting, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

May 31st — June 4th, 2024 [In Person]: 2024 Canadian Mathematics Education Study Group Meeting, Laval, Québec

June 11th — June 14th, 2024 [In Person]: 2024 Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE), Niagara Falls, Ontario

July 7th — 14th, 2024 [In Person]: 15th International Congress on Mathematical Education, Come and Be Counted!, Sydney, Australia

 

Fields Institute Mathematics Education Forum

Meeting Information: http://www.fields.utoronto.ca/centres/centre-mathematics-education

The Fields Institute Mathematics Education Forum promotes discussion of issues in mathematics education at all levels, with special emphasis on education in the Province of Ontario. The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences serves as the host of the Forum, but does not determine the agenda or the conclusions of the Forum. It is the goal of the Forum to consider objectively new ideas and diverse views in mathematics education, to facilitate consensus and to promote the enhancement of mathematics education in Ontario and Canada.

The Forum’s mandate is to foster the development of new ideas, methodologies and materials with respect to possible changes that could improve education in mathematics, and to work for the implementation of such changes.

 

University of Waterloo Mathematics Teaching Seminar

The Mathematics Teaching Seminar at the University of Waterloo is a biweekly meeting featuring discussions on undergraduate mathematics teaching. Participants in the seminar include lecturers, research faculty, and graduate students from all four of Waterloo’s mathematics departments and the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, as well as faculty members and teaching enthusiasts from around the world. Those who would like to attend are encouraged to reach out to the organizers, Burcu Tuncer Karabina and Chelsea Uggenti

 


FYMSiC Newsletter

Latest issue …

Issue 14 – February 9th, 2024

Our fifteenth issue is coming out in July 2024. If you wish to contribute to our Newsletter, please visit the Newsletter page.

Please send your contributions in Microsoft Word or LaTex (source) formats to: newsletter@firstyearmath.ca 

For the fifteenth newsletter issue, the contribution deadline is on Friday, July 12th, 2024, by 11:59 p.m. (PDT). 

 


FYMSiC 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, March 2019.

 

To access the FYMSiC Repository, please Register (if you have not already) and Log In.

 


FYMSiC Teaching & Learning Resources

Latest share …

Anna Stokke’s (Winnipeg) recommended reads and listens:

  • Outsmart Your Brain: Why Learning is Hard and How you Can Make it Easy, Daniel Willingham
  • Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning, Pooja Agarwal & Patrice Bain
  • How Teaching Happens, Seminal Works in Teaching and Teacher Effectiveness and What They Mean in Practice, Kirschner, Henrick, Heal
  • How Learning Happens, Seminal Works in Educational Psychology and What They Mean in Practice, Kirschner & Hendrick
  • A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science, Barbara Oakley
  • Uncommon Sense Teaching, Barbara Oakley
  • A Little Guide for Teachers: Cognitive Load Theory, Greg Ashman
  • Good summary: Cognitive load theory: research that teachers really need to understand, Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation, NSW Department of Education (2017)
Read & Listen, my FYMSiC pretties! 🙂
 
 
If you wish to add a Teaching & Learning Resource to the FYMSiC Website, please email a.burazin@utoronto.ca.
 
For previous Latest Shares, please visit the T&L Resources page.

 


FYMSiC Recent Publications

 
For previously announced Publications, please visit the T&L Resources page.

 


FYMSiC Related Communities

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.

 


FYMSiC Vision

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.

 


FYMSiC FAQ

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.
 
2. How will this information be shared?
The information is shared with approved members of the repository. Those who are interested will fill out a questionnaire. After the application information has been verified by the page administrators, and it has been determined it fits with the purpose of the repository, access (login and password) will be granted.
 
3. How frequently is the data updated?
This would depend on the curators at each institution. As the main purpose of the database is to provide a snapshot of teaching level 1 mathematics and statistics, it would be ideal if the curators visit their part of the database as often as possible, to correct existing data and enter missing data.
 
4. How do I sign up to access the Repository?
Send an email to Veselin Jungic (SFU) [vjungic@sfu.ca] or Miroslav Lovric (McMaster) [lovric@mcmaster.ca].
 
5. Is this done under CMS (Canadian Mathematics Society)?
No. This is a grass roots initiative led by Miroslav Lovric and Veselin Jungic, in part supported by the Fields Institute, Simon Fraser University, McMaster University and the EDC Grants for Exchange.