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Mobius from Maplesoft


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This presentation by Jonathan Watkins of Maplesoft and the University of Birmingham was given to the Eduserv Maths and Stats Software Focus Group in June 2016. Möbius is a comprehensive online courseware environment that focuses on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). students can explore important concepts using engaging, interactive applications, visualize problems and solutions, and test their understanding by answering questions that are graded instantly.

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Mobius from Maplesoft

  1. 1. © 2015 Maplesoft, a division of Waterloo Maple Inc.
  2. 2. © 2015 Maplesoft, a division of Waterloo Maple Inc. University of Waterloo Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing Presented to Eduserv Maths and Stats Group December 2014
  3. 3. © 2015 Maplesoft, a division of Waterloo Maple Inc. 40-60 minute in lectures –attention issues Entire class is presented the same material in lock-step Testing and feedback interval is measured in weeks Widening ability gaps on entrance to courses Increasing student numbers Keeping resources up to date Education Today
  4. 4. © 2015 Maplesoft, a division of Waterloo Maple Inc. Modularized Learning Objects: Short units of active learning, recall and inline assessment Assessment of understanding is immediate and continuous Adaptive course progression allows individual learning paths Learning ‘Break-Downs’ can be automatically identified and flagged for improvement Effectiveness of online materials can be measured and continuously improved – Data driven feedback loop Education Trends– E-Education Using digital resources to teach concepts E-Education
  5. 5. © 2015 Maplesoft, a division of Waterloo Maple Inc. “Here is the concept” Exposition Online Courseware Environment “Do I understand the concept?” Exploration Real-time Interactive Dynamic Content “Can I recall and practically apply the concept?” Exercises Real-time Assessment “Can I demonstrate proficiency of the concept?” Evaluation Testing & Analytics Online Materials – E4 Any connected device via an internet browser: Laptops, tablets, smart phones, etc.
  6. 6. © 2015 Maplesoft, a division of Waterloo Maple Inc. Built On the Notion That Students Learn by Doing STEM concepts are often abstract and/or difficult to conceptualize Students need to work with concepts to fully understand them Truly Integrated Learning
  7. 7. Exploration: Students can interact and explore the concept and are then tested on their understanding, ensuring active recall of the concept presented. Students can move through the material at their own pace
  8. 8. A full 2D math Equation Editor is always available to students to answer questions, explore concepts and record their work. The math is live and context sensitive. If permitted by the instructor, students can perform mathematical operations such as solve, simply, plot, factor, etc. Student’s work can be captured to allow partial marks. The Equation Editor is also available in all communication tools (I2S, S2I, S2S etc.).
  9. 9. Exercises and Evaluation: Interactivity can be combined with randomized testing and assessment to ensure that students engage with the topic and to determine the student’s level of comprehension of the concept.
  10. 10. © 2015 Maplesoft, a division of Waterloo Maple Inc. Formative and Summative Assessment Truly integrated maths based assessment throughout the learning process
  11. 11. © 2015 Maplesoft, a division of Waterloo Maple Inc. Provide exactly the content you need • create a course-agnostic fully online course • create a course-specific supplement • … anything in between Your Content, Your Rules Designed for Educators
  12. 12. © 2015 Maplesoft, a division of Waterloo Maple Inc. Close Feedback Cycle Time from first learning a concept to feedback on understanding of a concept Instructor May be up to a week Traditional Textbook Immediate, but binary Traditional Online Resources Immediate, but binary Möbius Immediate, detailed
  13. 13. © 2015 Maplesoft, a division of Waterloo Maple Inc. Your Content, Your Rules Instructors retain control of their content Modify and expand all aspects of your course content MapleCloud Authoring & Content Creation Deployment Environment
  14. 14. Demo
  15. 15. © 2015 Maplesoft, a division of Waterloo Maple Inc. • Assessment and exploration woven throughout all content • Authoring and communication tools that are built for STEM • High quality education • Short feedback cycle Summary
  16. 16. © 2015 Maplesoft, a division of Waterloo Maple Inc. Transforming Online STEM Education ... A Maple T.A. and Möbius User Summit October 19 – 21, 2016 Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) Top 5 Reasons to Attend: Expert Opinions Technology Developments Technical Training Networking with Colleagues Enjoy Vienna