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QUT Mathematical Sciences Seminar series, November 1 2013
Traditionally at QUT, mathematics and statistics are taught using a face-to-face lecture/tutorial model involving large lecture classes for around 1/2 to 3/4 of the time and smaller group tutorials for the remainder of the time. This is also one of the main models for teaching at other campus-based institutions. Recently, in response to (learning) technology advances and changes in the ways learners seek education, QUT has made a significant commitment to a “Digital Transformation” project across the university. In this seminar I will present a technical overview, with some demonstrations, of a pilot project that seeks to investigate how digital transformation might work in a QUT mathematics or statistics subject. In particular, I will discuss the use of tablet PC technology and specialist software to produce video learning packages. This approach has been trialled in a transition level mathematics unit this semester. I will also cover integration of these learning packages with QUTs Learning Management System “Blackboard”. This seminar is a technical preview to another talk I will give early in the new year that will look at the impact of the altered learning experience on student outcomes, feedback and the unit itself.