Comparative Judgement

Comparative Judgement and Learning through Engagement with Someone Else’s Reason: AMSI/AustMS teaching seminar, 20 July 2022

Speaker: Mark Mac Lean (University of British Columbia)

Title: Comparative Judgement and Learning through Engagement with Someone Else’s Reasoning

Date & Time: Wednesday 20 July 2022, 2:00pm (AEST)

Abstract: Involving students in mathematical discourse can help them build a deeper conceptual understanding of the mathematics they are learning. One approach is to have students engage with written mathematical arguments and solutions to problems from their peers. Novices do not have the same capacity as experts to judge the work they are reading, but novices do have the capacity to compare two pieces of work and judge which one is better.  Comparative judgement can be used as a pedagogical tool to help students learn mathematics. In this talk, I will describe some ways comparative judgement has been implemented in mathematics courses and how we are working to better understand the effects comparative judgement exercises may have on learning mathematics.

Zoom link:     passcode: 314159

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Teaching seminar Thu 25 Aug — Visualising complex functions: enhanced phase portraits

AustMS/AMSI Teaching Seminar

Thursday 25 August 2022, 2:00pm (AEST, GMT+10)

Title: Visualising complex functions: Enhanced phase portraits

Speakers: Juan Carlos Ponce Campuzano and Joseph Grotowski (University of Queensland)

Abstract: Complex functions are essential mathematical objects in complex analysis. They play a fundamental role in other mathematical areas such as dynamics, algebraic and differential geometry, and number theory; and advanced theoretical physics such as quantum mechanics, string theory, and quantum field theory. Visualising complex functions is a non-trivial task since they will produce a graph existing in a four-dimensional space. In this presentation, we provide an overview of the method known as domain colouring to visualise and explore complex functions. We also present a set of open-source online tools which main goal is to help students, and anybody interested in this topic, to create significant connections between visual representations, algebraic calculations and abstract mathematical concepts about complex functions.

Location: Online via Zoom:

Seminar recording: will be available from the seminar website afterwards: