Tempus MetaMath

Tuesday 5 April 2016
by  Mohamed El Demerdash

MetaMath: Modern Educational Technologies for Math Curricula in Engineering Education of Russia


Mathematics constitutes a main scientific fundamental of all Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curricula and, if so, the quality of Math education is one of the important elements of technological modernization and economic reforms. Another conceptual pillar of the proposed project is that despite well-known conservatism of math education, the application of new educational technologies can radically improve the quality of learning outcomes, stimulate students’ motivation and creativity, thus improving the quality of STEM education as a whole. Therefore, the overall objective of the project is to improve the quality of STEM education in Russia by modernizing and improving the curricula in the field of Mathematics. The process of modernization will start from the fundamental revision of the way math studies are organized in all Russian universities offering degrees in STEM. After ensuring the consistency of the math curricula with the Bologna principles and best European standards, the further steps will be taken to modernize the content and teaching methods by introducing principles of blended learning and new educational technologies.

Specific Objectives

Specific objectives of the project:

- To implement a comparative analysis of the national math curricula for engineering and science studies in order to define the recommendations for structural improvements in line with the Bologna principles. To identify the areas most suitable for the introduction of TEL tools.
- To modernize math and statistics curricula for a selected set of engineering and sciences studies. To select the necessary math & statistics eLearning content to be used for modernization.
- To localize the European TEL tools for partner universities, including TEL content localization. To build a capacity in local universities to effectively implement, maintain and develop TEL for math education.
- To implement a pilot trial in order to practically introduce the modernized curricula into the academic process. To evaluate the impact of the new curricula on quality of studies in math and statistics, as well as on quality of engineering and sciences education in general.
- To spread the results of the project.

JPEG - 122.9 kb Major Outcomes

Major project outcomes comprise the following:
- A book relating our project.
- Comparative Case Studies bringing together best European and national practices in teaching Math within STEM curricula.
- Modernized Math & Statistics component of 10 selected STEM curricula. The modernization will converge the teaching plans and practices in Russia with the European ones, ensure transferability of educational results, introduce best European educational technologies for mathematics.
- Localized Math-Bridge – the world’s largest online platform for mathematics enabling various pedagogical strategies and learning scenarios, including remedial courses and preparation for study periods abroad.
- New capacity of Universities to develop and deliver courses in mathematics applying modern educational technologies.

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