Macdonald, Janet; Crighton, Sally and Craven, Ben
Teaching mathematics at a distance: Trialling a wiki community to focus reflection and share resources.
In: Proceedings CETL-MSOR Conference (Continuing Excellence in the Teaching & Learning of Maths, Stats & OR), 8-9 Sept 2008, Lancaster University, UK.
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Professional development for academic staff in Higher Education is always more interesting and inspiring if good practice can be embedded in a way which is meaningful and relevant to the individual. The current project focuses on raising awareness of significant or difficult parts of a course, and promoting the exchange of good practice using a wiki environment. Our findings suggest that this methodology has promise, and is particularly valuable to new tutors, or at the start of a new course. The wiki can be used to host a repository of teaching materials and we illustrate a number of examples. We have also learnt a number of useful lessons on the ways in which a wiki might be used to support a staff community in the future, and offer a list of recommendations.
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