Bridging Math-Gaps with the Learning Environment MUMIE: The European Project S3M2 and the German Math-Bridge Course OMB+ for the Enhancement of Student Mobility

Ruedi Seiler, Marek Grudzinski, Fons Daalderop, Joanna Daudt, Michael Hanke, Noemi Kurt, Antti Rasila, Hannu Tiitu

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Abstract

Mobility of students and success in their studies depends critically on the effort needed to change from high-school to university, from bachelor to master, from one country to another, from one social class to another, etc. Web based education offers an opportunity that is particularly suited to bridge these gaps. In this article we report on a European project aimed at tackling bridging problems of students in Science, Engineering, Technology, Economy and Mathematics at European universities. The main stumbling block is mathematics. For that reason the partners of S3M2 are about to finalize several open and web based math-bridge courses, including a course on mat-lab and octave using a dedicated open source platform called MUMIE. The educational concept of these courses is highly flexible. It ranges from pure self-study over blended learning, to a situation where the course material is used as complementary to a regular course. It may be supplemented by a virtual or standard tutorial. The material invites to explorative learning. Each module focuses on basic concepts, enhanced by visualizations and refreshing facilities. It involves self-assessment tools and training facilities with automatically corrected home work problems. The modular content can be easily arranged in various forms. MUMIE comes with a highly developed authoring system and supports the work-flow of students. It allows for statistical evaluation of learning outcome. The S3M2 courses have been tested and evaluated. The results will be reported. For more information about the project and the courses see www.s3m2.eu and https://www.mumie-hosting.net/s3m2
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference Proceedings, The Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference, Hosted by AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, 23-24 October 2014
Subtitle of host publicationNew Technologies and the future of Teaching and Learning
Place of PublicationKrakow, Poland
PublisherEuropean Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU)
Pages367-382
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-79730-14-8
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventOpen and Flexible Higher Education Conference - AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland
Duration: 23 Oct 201424 Oct 2014

Conference

ConferenceOpen and Flexible Higher Education Conference
CountryPoland
CityKrakow
Period23/10/201424/10/2014

Keywords

  • bridge course
  • general mathematics
  • mathematics
  • Matlab
  • MOOC
  • MUMIE
  • numerical analysis
  • Octave
  • probability and statistics
  • programming
  • student mobility

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