Dr Shah hosts workshop on threshold concepts in undergraduate mathematics teaching

31 May 2024

Dr Shah and his team
Dr Shah and his team

Dr Rehan Shah hosted a UK-wide one-day in-person workshop on Thu 30 May 2024 on identifying and recognising the implications of threshold concepts in the teaching of undergraduate mathematics as part of a Teaching and Learning Higher Education grant funded by the London Mathematical Society (LMS) and supported by the QMUL School of Engineering and Materials Science.

The workshop, consisting of 4 sessions, containing a mix of theoretical discussions and practical, interactive work was led by Dr Shah and his colleagues Dr Manish Malik (Canterbury Christ Church University), Prof Ann O'Shea (Maynooth University), Dr Sinead Breen (Dublin City University) and Dr Matheus Oliveira De Andrade (University College London). The event was an overwhelming success and received extremely positive feedback from all of its 40 academic and educator participants, from a diverse range of national and international universities, including some from Ireland, Iceland and India.

Feedback from the attendees included the following:

"What a fantastic workshop today. Your day was structured so well - it allowed us to get a state of theory, practice and discussion in alternating sessions which made what we learnt very fresh and interesting."

"I had great opportunities to network with peers and met some amazing people – all of whom were very friendly and interested in further discussions."

"The whole workshop was very useful and well organised and planned, alternating between theoretical and practical sessions. The sessions were highly interactive, thought-provoking and insightful. They gave the opportunity to think deeply about the characteristics of threshold concepts."

The workshop will be used to develop a community of practice among all academics who attended, with insights being disseminated externally to the wider mathematics community via the LMS' activity report. The findings will also help to inform Dr Shah's ongoing systematic research study in this area.

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