[Innovative Teaching Education in Mathematics]
Programme: Capacity Building KA2 Erasmus+ project
Action: Capacity Building in Higher Education
Project reference number: 598587-EPP-1-2018-1-EL-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP
Project title: “Innovative Teaching Education in Mathematics”
Project acronym: iTEM
Duration: 3 years (15/11/2018 – 14/11/2021)
THE OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT
Improve the quality of higher education and enhance its relevance for the labor market and society
Improve the level of competences and skills in HEIs by developing new and innovative education programs
Developing simulations related to main Math concepts and how to use ICT tools along teaching & learning Mathematics
Organizing Intensive Courses (ICs) in how to teach mathematics & exploit ICT tools
Integrate new teaching methods e.g. PBL and linking real life problems with Mathematics Teaching
THE AIM OF THE PROJECT
The aim of the project is to support the modernization, accessibility, internationalization of the Higher Education Field and to contribute to the cooperation between the EU and the eligible Partner Countries.
The majority of students do not seem like studying Mathematics. They do not appreciate the importance and the role of Mathematics in solving real-life problems and applications. They think that only gifted and very talented students can understand and apply Mathematics. Calculus I and Linear Algebra are the backbone modules of 1st-year studies in any STEM degree. These modules are blamed for being a leading cause for student’s failure to meet the requirements of first-year Academic studies and ultimately to graduate. Some students even abandon their studies because of their poor achievements in Mathematics. Teaching Mathematics nowadays in Europe and beyond Europe seems to fail to link Mathematics with real – life and technology challenges.
The iTEM project envisions to help undergraduate students to realise the impact of mathematics on their studies and professional carrier success independently of scientific discipline. The project main outcomes include (a) the integration real-life problems into Calculus I and Linear Algebra I to show the application of Mathematics in today’s technology; (b) the development of CAS, the incorporation of mobile tools & visualisations along teaching Mathematics; (c) the development of software that allows teachers to early identify student’s that face problem in learning Mathematics and so provide assistance to overcome these challenges; (d) the development of teaching and learning manuals for more effective teaching & learning Mathematics; (e) the training of teacher’s in the most modern & efficient teaching techniques like the Problem Based Learning (PBL) and Project Oriented Based Learning (POPBL) along Mathematics teaching
PROJECT COORDINATOR AND PROJECT PARTNERS
The iTEM is a consortium of 16 partners from Programme Countries Institutions (Greece, Spain, Austria, Sweden and North Macedonia) and Partner Countries Institutions (Israel, Kosovo, Uzbekistan).
The participant Universities are:
P1. Hellenic Mediterranean University (Chania, Crete, Greece), Project Coordinator;
P2. Aalborg University (Copenhagen, Denmark), Project member
P3. Czech Technical University in Prague (Praha, Czech Republic), Project member
P4. Ss. Cyril and Methodius University (Skopje, FYROM), Project member
P5. Private University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics, and Technology (Tirol, Austria), Project member
P6. Holon Institute of Technology (Holon, Israel), Project member
P7. Hadassah Academic College (Jerusalem, Israel), Project member
P8. Weizmann Institute of Science (Rehovot, Israel), Project member
P9. The National University of Uzbekistan (Tashkent, Uzbekistan),
P10. Tashkent University of Information Technologies (Tashkent, Uzbekistan), Project member
P11. University of Mitrovica ‘Isa Boletini (Mitrovica, Kosovo*UN), Project member
P12. Universum College (Ferizaj, Kosovo*UN), Project member
P13. Karlstad University (Karlstad, Sweden), Project member
P14. The Universidad de La Laguna (La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain), Project member
P15. University of Prishtina “Hasan Prishtina” (Prishtina, Kosovo*UN), Project member
P16. Karshi Engineering – Economic Institute (Uzbekistan), Project member
UNIVERSITY OF PRISHTINA “HASAN PRISHTINA” ROLE IN THE PROJECT
University of Prishtina “Hasan Prishtina” (UP) will mainly serve as a recipient / test center of the proposed teaching techniques & simulations, the student evaluation protocols, and suggested system that early identifies students who fall behind. UP staff will implement the project at UP and will provide feedback after the test implementation. UP will develop material that links real-life problems with Linear Algebra (Mathematic 1) and Calculus (Mathematics 2)curriculum. These real life scenarios will be linked during mathematics teaching within the consortium. UP will participate in all dissemination, exploitation and evaluation actions that will be undertaken along the project’s lifetime. UP will host a development-management meeting during the project’s lifetime.
UP will participate in the project with academic and administrative staff with an expertise in Computer Science and Engineering. These real life scenarios will be linked during mathematics teaching within the consortium. Also UP will:
1. Host a progress meeting
2. To propose real life problems and develop simulations /visualizations that can be linked with mathematics teaching. Based on the expertise of the involved personnel these real life examples will come from the area of computer science.
3. Introduce visualization tools in Mathematics teaching sessions, Visualization and CAS tools (Computer Algebra Systems) & Dynamic Teaching Tools which seek to increasing learning of math by generating appropriate visualizations, the use of computer algebra systems and mobile tools;
4. Study guidelines which aim to assist students on using the online platform for testing and practice the visualizations tool and making MATHS more popular within students community;
5. Software that detects students with high risk of failing the class. This program will enable teachers and administrators at UP to increase students success and maintain student retention;
6. Introduce blending (offline and online) teaching techniques;
7. Will contribute in the preparation of the teaching guide be advised during teaching sessions by the math’s teachers;
8. Will contribute to all the dissemination, exploitation and evaluation processes planned along this Project.