Online Education: Taking Advantage of Lessons Learned

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In a fast-paced world, technological advances are revolutionizing the way we live our lives. The world of education is no exception. Online education is a growing trend in institutions around the world and digital learning solutions must continually evolve to meet the demand. Early online learning methods consisted largely of one-way instruction, with professors posting videos and lecture materials online. Modern online learning tools allow instructors to create interactive learning environments where they can engage and collaborate with students in a multitude of ways. Students can work through assignments that contain interactive videos, and provide the ability to create and manipulate 2-D and 3-D shapes and plots. They can also work through endless practice and homework questions, while receiving instant feedback on their work. These solutions also ease the burden on instructors through automatic marking and assessment that frees up more time to spend working one-on- one with students. This webinar will examine trends in education technology and how online education, specifically STEM education, has evolved over the years. You will hear how early adopters such as the University of Birmingham, the University of Waterloo and the Mathematical Association of America are implementing digital education in their STEM courses. Join the webinar to get insights that will help you take advantage of modern digital learning tools and improve the educational experience online for you and your students.

Moderated by Jill Buban, Ph.D, Senior Director of Research & Innovation, Online Learning Consortium


Dr. Steven Furino is the Assistant Dean for Online Studies in the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo. He is a winner of the university’s Distinguished Teaching Award. He has been heavily involved in online courses since 2010.

Dr. Nicola Wilkin is a theoretical physicist and Director of Education for the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Birmingham in the UK. She is a keen proponent of educational technology, especially in enabling students to undertake effective independent study with immediate feedback. At the University of Birmingham, she facilitated the development of the LTI connector to enable MapleT.A. and Canvas Infrastructure to be a joined-up solution for the student users.

Bernard L. Madison is a Director at the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) since 2007 and oversees the development and delivery of the MAA-Maple T.A. Placement Testing Suite (PTS). Prior to that, Madison served as a professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Arkansas, where he continues as Emeritus Professor. 

Andrew Rourke is the Director of the Teaching Solutions Group at Maplesoft.  He regularly shares his passion for education technologies by speaking around the world about Maplesoft’s unique solutions and user-friendly features that support a range of objectives within the academic community.



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