29 May 2015: Seminar by Professor Mike Thomas, University of Auckland, "From theory to practice: Digital technology use in the teaching and learning of university mathematics"
In this talk we describe the instrumental orchestration and pedagogical technology knowledge theoretical frameworks that have been used to inform the implementation of digital technology in the teaching and learning of undergraduate mathematics. The results of some recent studies will be considered to illustrate the value of these frameworks and to discuss some outcomes. The analysis enables us to indicate some factors related to the success, or otherwise, of the use of digital technology in teaching and learning.
About the speaker: Mike Thomas is a Professor of Mathematics Education in the Mathematics Department at The University of Auckland. His wide-ranging research, resulting in over 200 refereed research publications, encompasses the nature of advanced mathematical thinking, semiotic analyses of gestures and representations in learning mathematics, the nature of versatile thinking and the role of digital technology in learning mathematics. He also focuses on the transition from school to university and the role of orientations in school and university teaching. Mike has given invited research seminars around the world, is an Editor-in-Chief of the Springer International Journal of Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education and is on the editorial boards of the Springer international journals, Mathematics Education Research Journal and Digital Experiences in Mathematics Education.