1st Edition

Takeaways from Teaching through a Pandemic Practical Examples of Lasting Value in Tertiary Mathematics Education

Edited By Katherine Seaton, Birgit Loch, Elizabeth Lugosi Copyright 2024

    In this insightful volume, more than 50 educators from 4 continents outline thoughtful and intentional innovations of lasting value made in their teaching of tertiary mathematics and statistics, in response to COVID -19 pandemic-related campus closures. The examples given in 20 practical chapters fall into three themes: utilization of relevant technologies, discipline-appropriate assessment alternatives, and support for learning and engagement.

    The first theme explored is the utilization of the affordances of communications technology and mathematical software and online tools, to create learning resources and activities for virtual classrooms. The second theme is the design of sound assessment alternatives, together with the associated issue of maintaining academic integrity, in disciplines accustomed to established question styles and face-to-face exams. Finally, a range of activities to encourage engagement and support learning and teaching, both online and as campuses re-opened, is described.

    Due to their ongoing relevance and benefits for tertiary mathematics education, be that of pre-service teachers, engineers or mathematics majors, the examples found in these 20 practical chapters are ‘takeaways’ or ‘keepers’. This book was originally published as a special issue of International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology.

    Introduction to takeaways from teaching through a global pandemic: practical examples of lasting value in tertiary mathematics education

    Katherine Seaton, Birgit Loch and Elizabeth Lugosi

    1. Any advice? Lessons learned by mathematics lecturers for emergency remote teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Eabhnat Ní Fhloinn and Olivia Fitzmaurice


    2. Creative approaches to teaching mathematics education with online tools during COVID-19

    Sharyn Livy, Tracey Muir, Carol Murphy and Allison Trimble


    3. Your online textbook is ready: a shareable, interactive online textbook in response to COVID-19 lockdowns

    Peter K. Dunn, Elizabeth A. Brunton and Michael B. Farrar


    4. Stop-motion LEGO® animations for learning linear algebra

    Emily Cook


    5. Crowdsourcing solutions in the online mathematics classroom

    Lorelei Koss

    6. Leveraging the power of Google Apps to support active learning in a synchronous online environment

    Patrick Sullivan

    7. Flexible, student-centred remote learning for programming skills development

    Peter Rowlett and Alexander S. Corner

    8. Don’t throw the student out with the bathwater: online assessment strategies your class won’t hate

    Stuart Johnson, John Maclean, Raymond F. Vozzo, Adrian Koerber and Melissa A. Humphries

    9. Forced to improve: open book and open internet assessment in vector calculus

    Tracy S. Craig and Tugce Akkaya

    10. No exam: assessment of third-year engineering students on the basis of self-generated statistics cases

    Nelly Litvak and Fulya Kula

    11. Utilizing discussion boards for test questions: opportunities for students’ mathematical creativity and uniqueness

    Miloš Savić

    12. Mathematics assessment integrity during lockdown: experiences in running online un-invigilated exams

    Steven Richardson

    13. Mathematics and academic integrity: institutional support at a Canadian college

    Josh Seeland, Lynn Cliplef, Caitlin Munn and Craig Dedrick

    14. Individualized summative assessments as used during COVID-19

    Nathan Clisby and Ant Sowards

    15. Learning at a distance: can at-home activities measure up?

    Jessica Gehrtz, Raquel Vallines Mira, Christopher Duffer and Priya V. Prasad

    16. Peer-Assisted Learning in a pandemic

    Jessica Hargreaves, Claire Ketnor, Ellen Marshall and Sue Russell

    17. Checkpoints for online mathematics students with learning challenges

    James William Dalitz

    18. Crafting connections in post-COVID classrooms: learning university mathematics through craft

    Jeanette C. McLeod, Phillip L. Wilson, David Pomeroy and Julie Alderton

    19. The pandemic as a catalyst for rethinking active learning practices in technology intensive instructional environments

    David Christopher Webb

    20. The unexpected consequences of replacing corridor chats with an online community of practice

    Anita L. Campbell, Tracy S. Craig, Batseba Mofolo-Mbokane and Pragashni Padayachee


    Katherine Seaton (FAustMS, SFHEA) is currently Adjunct Associate Professor at La Trobe University, Australia, following twenty-seven years of mathematics teaching, outreach, service and research.  Her publications range from statistical physics to tertiary mathematics assessment and academic integrity, and mathematical fibre art.

    Birgit Loch (FAustMS, PFHEA) is currently Dean of the Faculty of Science, Agriculture, Business and Law at the University of New England, Australia. With a background in computational mathematics, her research expertise is in innovation and educational technologies in tertiary STEM education.

    Elizabeth Lugosi is Professor at the Mathematics, Statistics, and Data Science Department of Montgomery College. She is passionate about using engagement strategies to help students succeed in mathematics courses using collaborative, active learning and evidence-based instructional practices to enhance students’ problem-solving and to build community.