Kick Off Meeting in Chania, Crete, Greece

Innovative Teaching Education in Mathematics Capacity Building Project Kick-Off Meeting

The Erasmus Plus Capacity Building Project for Higher Education entitled Innovative Teaching Education in Mathematics – iTEM kick-off meeting took place in the Department of Electronic Engineering of Technological Educational Institute of Crete, on the 14th and 15th of February 2019, in Chania, Crete.

More than 30 participants from the consortium partners participated. The main topics of the kick-off meeting were:

• The consortium partners’ presentations
• The project’s motivation and objectives
• The project’s first six months actions
• The project’s administration and management regulation

The decisions were made are the following:

• By the end of March 2019 all the (a) syllabi of Linear Algebra and Calculus; (b) past test exam papers; (c) Failure and dropout rates, should be collected
• By the end of March 2019, all the reporting templates are uploaded onto the website
• By the end of March 2019, suggest the real-life problems that can be integrated within the update curricula of Linear Algebra and Calculus I
• Introduce facilities & procedures that can be built within the consortium Institutions to provide assistance to students that face difficulties to understand mathematics
• Plan, execute and extract of results of a survey regarding the development of the 1st version of a teaching guide regarding the most efficient teaching of mathematics in Higher Education. The parameters that will be taken into account are: (a) Learning philosophies in different Institutions; (b) Cultural Background; (c) Challenges in different countries; (d) Ethical regulations and limitations in each country
• To decide which visualizations, mobile tools & CAS systems to be employed across teaching mathematics

Meeting in Prague, Czech Republic

1st Progress Meeting, iTEM Project, Prague, Czech Republic, 18th & 19th of June 2019

Participants from all the partner Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) participated in this two day progress meeting that hosted by the Biomedical Engineering Group of the CVUT in Prague, Czech Republic. The event took place from the 18th of June and its proceedings completed by the 19th of June 2019. The main objectives of this progress meeting were the following:

1. To review and report the progress of the assignments have been distributed to the partners after the kick off meeting in Crete (14th and 15th of February 2019)
2. To report the progress of the deliverables of all the work packages for the 1st six months of the project
3. To plan the actions for the next six months with special attention & priority on the following:

a.The introduction of the examples from real life problems & other scientific topics into the curricula of Linear Algebra I and Calculus I. Four examples should be introduced by partner (advisory and test Institutions)

b.The preparation of the test Institutions (National University of Uzbekistan, Hadassah College, University of Prishtina, University of Mitrovica and Universum College) to start the 1st Pilot Phase with the start of the Semester (September or October depending on the Institution). The preparation mainly involves the engagement of (a) the examples through teaching; (b) the frequent testing & evaluation as a monitoring and better math understanding tool; (c) the use of Moodle as platform to upload the training material and also use its widgets to be able to monitor students that are on risk to fall back.

c.The agreement of the dates of the next Training & Progress Meeting event in Copenhagen and the Monitoring Visits in the Test Institutions 43 collaborators participated (3 participants from University of Prishtina were present in this workshop).

Workshop in Copenhagen, Denmark

1st Intensive Course for Teachers in Problem & Project Oriented Learning , held and organized at the Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology of Aalborg University in Denmark from the 28th to the 29th of October 2019

Training School for Teachers in:

· Problem Based Learning Technique (PBL)
· Project Oriented Based Learning Technique (POBL)

Teaching Methodology:

· Lecture Sessions by experts in PBL & POBL
· Team Work and Application of PBL & POBL Principles
· Poster Session

Learning Objectives:

· Get familiar with the PBL and POBL Principles
· Define learning activities that allow for student-driven problem-solving in an interdisciplinary context
· Reflect about PBL based teaching strategies together with other teachers and external stakeholders involved in the development of the course
· Facilitate students’ learning process during the running of the course and set up the assessment activities to measure the achievement of the learning objectives

Four participants from UP were present in this workshop.