3.6 Peer mentoring for maths learning at level 4: engaging and collaborative learning

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Peer Mentoring for maths learning at level 4: engaging and collaborative learning

This work is a collaboration between the School of Maritime Science and Engineering and Employability and Enterprise

Janet Bonar, Simon SaggersDesislava Andonova and Liz George

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Introduction How we teach maths, and to whom What we monitor and how we assess How are the student doing? How and why mentoring? Has it worked?What are we going to do next?Overview

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Engineering is important for UK economyMathematics underlies engineeringEducating engineers requires education in mathsMaths not popular subject!Fundamentals of mathematics unchanged since Euclids timeIs our way of teaching maths at Solent current best practice?www.solent.ac.ukBonar and Saggers

Click to edit Master title styleHas teaching of maths changed as our methods of teaching have been updated (and improved!)I have an outsiders view of teaching math as Im new to teaching3

Who and how we teach maths:

Maths unit taught at level 4, embedded at levels 5 and 6.

One hour lectureTwo hour tutorial (quiz, problem set, HW)Maths Peer Mentor programme (new in 2015-16)www.solent.ac.ukBonar and SaggersUnitDegree studentsAccreditation?EMS400BEng41Accredited by IETEMS401BSc, HNC17BSc not accredited (new course)

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Monitoring and assessment:

Engagement data: Attendance, attempts at HW, weekly quiz scorePhase Tests covering single topic (pre-calculus, complex numbers, linear algebra, calculus and applications of calculus) Best 4 phase tests contribute 40% to unit resultExam covering all topics at year end, contributes 60% to unit resultMinimum of 30% in each assessment (required by IET accreditation)www.solent.ac.ukBonar and SaggersOverview

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Assessment results for phase tests and exam

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Unit pass rates

What happened in 2014-15?

Cohort issue!What else can we do?

www.solent.ac.ukBonar and Saggers 2012-132013-142014-15BEng49%70%54%BSc /HNC61%75%

2014-15BEEFBMEENFunit pass54%71%33%unit avg47%53%39%unit sd24%24%23%

Results

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Peer mentoring!

Guided by PAL at Leeds (Pugh*)Collaboration with Employability and Enterprise Aim is for level 5 students to work with level 4 students toShare experiencesAct as a role model Build confidence in menteesHelp with specific topics in maths

*Dr Samantha Pugh, Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Leeds,

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How we did itRecruited 3 volunteers in May 2015Training sessions for mentors by maths tutor and by E&EMentoring sessions timetabled every two weeks, starting in week 3Mentors ran sessions with studentsMentors met tutor and Student Employability Advisor every two weeks

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How did it go?Initial sessions had very high attendance (65%), and peaks ahead of phase tests

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As a result of the mentoring Students reported their confidence, enjoyment and ability in the topic increasedFrom the questionnaire:I attended almost all the sessions because I found it very usefulHaving someone who I can ask for help who isn't in authorityThey gave their experience and could advise on a more personal advice

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The mentoring sessions benefitted the mentors as well! Mentors reported increases in their confidence, leadership skills and presentation skillsMentors also reported their understanding of the topics increased!Despite being busy students, the mentors were happy to volunteer their time every week

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How about student achievement?

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Overall results:

Cohorts more equal

www.solent.ac.ukBonar and 2012-132013-142014-152015-16BEng49%70%54%83%BSc/HNC61%75%67%

2015-16BEEFBMEENunit pass83%89%81%unit avg56%55%56%unit sd21%15%23%

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What next?

Enthusiastic group of 5 students volunteered for 2016-17Have confirmed biweekly good intervalSuggested peer mentoring rather than peer mentoring for mathsLink to Engineering Society activitiesMentors will present prizes during Induction Week competition

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Was the pilot successful?

Significantly improved results this year, but low correlation with attendance at mentoring sessions

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Was the pilot successful?

Significantly improved results this year, but low correlation with attendance at mentoring sessionsBroadening remit to engineering mentoring extremely valuable for engagement What about the other maths unit?

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What about the other maths unit?

Full time BSc (Hons) Engineering Design and Manufacture and part time HNC students P/T students are working full time and attend Solent one day/week P/T students well engaged!

www.solent.ac.ukBonar and 2012-132013-142014-152015-16BEng49%70%54%83%BSc/HNC61%75%67%

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Cohort details

unit results track with cohort split

www.solent.ac.ukBonar andp/t %pass rateavgstd devf/t %pass rateavgstd dev2013-1455%82%63%26%45%31%32%25%2014-1565%92%73%18%35%43%42%28%2015-1633%100%61%17%67%50%43%26%

2013-142014-152015-16BSc/HNC61%75%67%

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Based on cohort analysis,

Need to improve the experience for F/T BSc studentsEngagementIs this the right maths?Get involved in mentoring!

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Any questions?

http://www.geckoandfly.com/810/maths-will-make-you-mad/

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