SFU Math represented at BIRS' First Year Mathematics Repository Workshop

February 13, 2019

The First Year Mathematics Repository Workshop in BIRS

The Banff International Research Station (BIRS) hosted the “First Year Mathematics Repository Workshop” from February 8 to February 10, 2019.

The BIRS workshop represents a crucial step in the further promotion and development of The First Year Mathematics Courses Repository, a resource supporting an ongoing national dialogue about teaching first year mathematics at Canadian universities.

Support from the SFU Department of Mathematics over the last two years has been instrumental for the development of this shareable and dynamic online database. The repository contains extensive data collected from mathematics instructors across the country. Data includes course content, usable resources and technology, learning outcomes, modes of delivery, connections with other courses, as well as informal descriptions of various practices in teaching these courses. The BIRS workshop focused on what are known as service courses. Over twenty workshop participants, who came from ten universities across Canada, spent two days discussing the current status and future of teaching service math courses. The conversation was in large part based on data available through the repository. The SFU Department of Mathematics was well represented at the workshop: Veselin Jungic was a co-organizer and Randall Pyke was a participant. In addition, two main developers of the repository, Sasha Tiede and Laura Gutierrez Funderburk, a former and a current student in the Department, attended the workshop.