diy math course this fall
from http://wiki.p2pu.org/DIY-Math --
COURSE TITLE: DIY Math
COURSE TWEET (200 CHARACTERS OR LESS):
This course is designed to build independent study and peer-support
skills for mathematics learners at all levels. It will require both
self-directedness and active participation.
Joe Corneli (Board Member at PlanetMath.org; Ph. D. student at the
Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University, UK;
COURSE DESCRIPTION (NO MORE THAN 500 WORDS):
This is a mathematics course open to all topics and levels (unless
participants come up with a compelling reason to focus during the
course). The main "pedagogical" reasons for such radical openness
(1) To give people one extra reason to take initiative in their own
learning. One might say "I've always wanted to learn about P vs NP",
another might say "I've always wanted to learn precalculus" -- both
are overcoming a mental and emotional hurdle. I'm not suggesting that
it's the *same* hurdle, but there are probably some similarities. In
the same way that a writer's workshop can serve writers with different
interests, this "DIY Math" workshop can serve mathematics learners
with different interests by providing a place to talk about their
challenges and successes.
(2) To help people develop skills at co- or peer-to-peer teaching.
Ultimately people have to do their own homework exercises and so on,
but one can also learn a lot in mathematics by helping others. My
"teaching philosophy" is that there are no stupid questions, even if
there are a lot of dumb answers. Let's see if we can get better at
answering questions together.
There is no official text book, but participants may want to take a
look at "How to solve it" (or other books) by George Polya.
Participants will get access to a new "beta" grade libre software
platform being developed to support mathematical communication; we'll
also have a mailing list available as a fall-back mechanism.
The willingness to learn.
I hope the participants will want to both *ask* and *answer*
questions. Collectively I hope that they will have varied backgrounds
EXPERIENCE: I have a bachelor's degree in mathematics from New College
of Florida (2002), and I did a couple years of math grad school before
switching to a more "DIY" approach. My current Ph. D. project has to
do with "Crowdsourcing a Personal Learning Environment for
Mathematics", and this course can be considered to be an informal dry
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