October 18, 2013 - Geekiness
The idea of the site is that it’s a set of interactive examples, which let students experiment with equations and concepts without actually necessarily understanding the maths. It’s based on the idea that sometimes, an intuitive understanding (this kind of sum has this kind of visual effect) can really speed up that deeper mathematical understanding. I know that I find learning maths much easier if I can picture it in my head! It also enables Amanda to use interactive animations in her lectures, rather than trying to sketch things on the whiteboard. What it isn’t is a full e-learning or teaching site – we hope it complements existing courses, without pre-supposing any pedagogical structure or curriculum. Basically it’s just a collection of thematic examples and interactive graphical illustrations. We currently have trigonometry, vectors, matrices (arithmetic and transformations), quadratic equations, and prob & stats. We’d like to extend it and have a to-do list already though!
We’ve got about £100 left, which we will spend on some lunches for groups of students who’ll test the site for us and give us their opinions. We’re also looking for people outside of Aber to use the site – I think it’s probably of broader interest (maybe even for A-level students). If you use it, please get in touch – we’d love to have feedback on how it works, what people think it’s good for, and how it can be improved.