NOTE FOR PEOPLE TRAVELLING TO THE CONFERENCE FROM THE UK/ABROAD:

Dear Colleagues,

To accommodate delegates who wish to travel to CETL-MSOR 2024 on the 29th August and return on the 30th August, we will schedule the conference accordingly with an official opening of the conference at 1.30pm on Thursday August 29thA 10am bus to Limerick directly from Dublin airport would ensure you arrive in plenty of time for the opening of the conference.

 

For delegates who wish to arrive earlier to the University of Limerick on the 29th, we will look to offer topical workshops (themes TBC) before lunchtime which you will be able to sign-up to. We will have our first plenary session at 2pm on Thursday, and our final plenary session at 2pm on Friday to ensure delegates get the maximum from this conference, however many days you are able to stay.

 

For anyone planning on a one-night stay at CETL-MSOR 2024 in Limerick, the flight times from a selection of airports in the UK to Shannon and Dublin are available here (prices accurate at time of writing).

 

Bus times to the University direct from Dublin airport are also available here.

 

Reminder DEADLINE for abstracts: Monday, June 17th 2024.

For registration and abstract submission please visit our website www.cetl-msor2024.com

 

We are delighted to announce that CETL-MSOR 2024, the annual conference for all involved in the teaching and learning of Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research in Higher Education, will be hosted by the University of Limerick in Ireland on August 29th & 30th, 2024.  

Official Conference Website: cetl-msor2024.com

Submission Guidelines
The CETL-MSOR conference traditionally welcomes evidence-based submissions relating to the teaching, learning, and support of mathematics, statistics and operations research in Higher Education. For CETL-MSOR 2024, we are particularly eager to receive presentations or lightning talks related to the following themes:
 

  • Linking research and practice in mathematics and statistics education in Higher Education– opportunities and challenges
  • Teaching mathematics for mathematics specialist and non-mathematics specialist groups
  • The changing nature of mathematics and statistics learning support
  • Exploring the affective domain in third level mathematics and statistics education

Research from other related areas in the teaching and learning of MSOR are most welcome.

To submit a 150-200 word abstract for a presentation (15 minutes + 5 minutes for questions), lightning talk (3 minutes + 2 minutes for questions), or a workshop (45 minutes) please visit the official conference website at cetl-msor2024.com

The Deadline for Abstracts is Monday 17th June 2024

If you have any questions relating to queries such as registration, accommodation, travel, visa support letters etc. please contact CETLMSOR2024@ul.ie

For any academic queries please contact CETLMSORAcademic@ul.ie

 

We are pleased to welcome our keynote speakers:

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Eabhnat Ni Fhloinn

Dr Eabhnat Ní Fhloinn, Associate Professor in School of Mathematical Sciences and Director of the Mathematics Learning Centre, Dublin City University.

  • Dr. Eabhnat Ní Fhloinn is an Associate Professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences and the Director of DCU Maths Learning Centre. She has undertaken this role since 2007; prior to this, she was Manager of DIT Maths Learning Centre for two years. Her research interests lie in the area of mathematics education, with particular focus on the transition from post-primary mathematics to higher education; mathematics support in higher education; mathematics diagnostic testing of incoming university students; mathematics for engineers; and assessment in mathematics. Dr. Ní Fhloinn was the inaugural Chairperson of the Irish Mathematics Learning Support Network (IMLSN) from 2009 – 2011 and served as PRO on the IMLSN committee until 2020. She is a member of CASTeL, the Centre for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning in DCU and became an Advance HE Senior Fellow in 2023.
  • Title of Talk: Evolution of Mathematics Learning Support in Ireland & Lessons Learned.
  • Abstract: To follow.
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Rafael De Andrade Moral

Dr Rafael De Andrade Moral, Associate Professor of Statistics, Maynooth University.

  • Dr Rafael De Andrade Moral is an Associate Professor of Statistics at Maynooth University. With a background in Biology and a PhD in Statistics from the University of São Paulo, Rafael has a deep passion for teaching and conducting research in statistical modelling applied to Ecology, Wildlife Management, Agriculture, and Environmental Science. As director of the Theoretical and Statistical Ecology Group, Rafael brings together a community of researchers who use mathematical and statistical tools to better understand the natural world. As an alternative teaching strategy, Rafael has been producing music videos and parodies to promote Statistics in social media and in the classroom. His personal webpage: https://rafamoral.github.io
  • Title of Talk: Notes and Tricks for Teaching Statistics using Music and Magic
  • Abstract: In this talk, I will share my recent experience using musical parodies and magic tricks to teach different statistical concepts. I will draw parallels between my lecturing experience in Brazil and in Ireland, and discuss how I use general pedagogy and active methodologies to encourage student participation. I will also discuss successful approaches, as well as other approaches still under development. I will showcase some of these activities in the context of explaining the concepts of conditional probability, p-values, and hypothesis tests. Finally, I will present the tools and equipment I currently use to produce music videos to teach Statistics and give tips on what I think has helped improve the quality of the materials I have been producing.
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Joe Kyle

Closing Plenary and Reflections

Dr Joe Kyle, The Department of Mathematics, University of Birmingham.

  • Formerly Director of Undergraduate Studies for the School of Mathematics at the University of Birmingham, Dr. Joe Kyle then acted as an Advisor in Mathematics to the (then) newly established STEM Education Centre at that institution. He has also spent time as an Academic Associate in Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research (MSOR) with the Higher Education Academy. For many years, he was Editor in Chief for the Higher Education Academy Journal MSOR Connections and sat on the Editorial Board of the Oxford University Press Journal Teaching Mathematics and its Applications. A pure mathematician by background, Joe has also worked for the Open University and engaged in a number of mathematical education projects with colleagues there.
  • Joe has, in partnership with Peter Kahn, edited Effective Learning and Teaching in Mathematics and its Applications. In collaboration with many sigma colleagues he is also a co-editor of Transitions in Undergraduate Mathematics Education. Joe is regularly invited to contribute to national and international conferences and regularly delivers (with others) workshops on teaching and learning for new and experienced UK academics. Current interests include problem-solving in MSOR, flexible learning, and working with students as partners.
  • Title of Talk: “Beyond the Grave Morrice”
  • Abstract: Casting a glance backwards as well as looking into the future (as far as that is possible), this talk will take upon itself the task of responding to and reacting to developments reported this year at the Limerick conference.

    As we struggle to harness the power of generative AI (or is it we who are being harnessed?) we look back to tried and tested axioms that may guide us on the new adventures ahead. And, as problem-solving is at the heart of mathematics, and problems are at the heart of problem-solving, there may be the odd puzzle to keep us all awake.

We look forward to welcoming you to the University of Limerick.

Local committee members:

Dr Olivia Fitzmaurice (Chair), Associate Professor

Dr Aoife Guerin, Educational Developer

Dr Patrick Johnson, Associate Professor

Prof. John O'Donoghue, Professor Emeritus

Dr Niamh O'Meara, Associate Professor

Dr Richard Walsh, Educational Developer