Ambedkar University, Delhi
School of Educational Studies
Topic: Maths e-learning and Assessment: A South African Context
Speaker: Dr. Aneshkumar Maharaj, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Venue: Room No. 316, Dwarka Campus
Date, Day and Time: 21 November, 2012, Wednesday, 2.30 pm
A brief overview of the HP Global Catalyst Consortiums is given. The focus areas for the HP Multiversity Consortium are given. The presentation then focuses on our first attempt at e-learning for natural science mathematics students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in South Africa, and what we learnt from that. Then I look at the first phase of the work done at UKZN for the HP Catalyst funded project, Maths e-learning and Assessment: A South African Context. It includes the identification of the lack of preparedness of our first year students to study mathematics and our plan to address that using e-learning. The presentation includes useful website addresses to access new information and resources.
About the speaker:
Dr. Aneshkumar Maharaj has been a senior secondary mathematics teacher, a teacher educator and is currently a researcher and lecturer in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). Currently he heads the UKZN Mathematics Education Research Group, which comprises of members from the different campuses of the university. He has been an invited speaker at international conferences/congresses. In March 2011 he was invited as an associate member of the Multiversity Consortium to the HP Catalyst Summit, which was held in New Delhi.
His research is on the teaching and learning of mathematics topics/concepts using APOS (action, process, object and schema) Theory, influenced by Piagetian ideas. His second research focus is the use of technology to promote the teaching and learning of mathematics. These include exploiting the use of PC tablets and the development of online materials and assessment tasks. He is currently working on a Maths e-learning and Assessment project funded by the International Society for Technology Education, at UKZN, based on first year university mathematics modules.