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Innovative uses of digital technology in undergraduate mathematics

Thomas, M, Hong, Y and Oates, G ORCID: 0000-0001-7132-3198 2017 , 'Innovative uses of digital technology in undergraduate mathematics', in E Faggiano and F Ferrara and A Montone (eds.), Innovation and technology enhancing mathematics education: Perspectives in the digital era , Springer International Publishing AG, Switzerland, pp. 109-136.

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The ways in which digital technology is often used in university teaching of mathematics can be quite different from how it is employed in schools. This has the potential to form a discontinuity between school and university, making the transition less than smooth for students. In this chapter we consider several examples of how digital technology has been used with first year mathematics students in both New Zealand and South Korea. The approaches employed include: intensive use of technology, including formative and summative assessment practice; lecturer modelling and privileging of technology use; aversatile approach to calculus concepts that encourages epistemic exploration of local properties of functions; and novel orchestration of mathematical thinking through smartphone communication technology. We analyse each of these approaches using the theory of instrumental orchestration and outline some innovative aspects and benefits of them. The student perspective is also considered, with some evidence of the influence on student engagement and attitudes. We conclude by suggesting that in order to teach with digital technology in the manner described here good pedagogical technology knowledge (PTK) is required.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Thomas, M and Hong, Y and Oates, G
Keywords: instrumental orchestration, pedagogical technology knowledge, versatility, digital technology, undergraduate
Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG
DOI / ID Number: 10.1007/978-3-319-61488-5_6
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