Group assignments for contact and communication in distance education
Other conference contribution, 2022
of the Foundation Year (Swedish: Basåret.) Besides learning the mathematical content and
introducing mathematical software, the goals of the group assignments were:
• To give students an opportunity to meet each other
• To train cooperation and communication in mathematics
• To confront student with open-ended questions
• To widen student’s view of how to study mathematics
Students were randomly assigned to a new group of 4 or 5 each week, and asked to take a
specific role in the discussion (e.g. discussion facilitator, illustrator, scribe, connection maker).
Both the format, the formulation of assignments and the use of roles for group collaboration are
inspired by research in Mathematics Education. We collected the assignments that were turned
in, peer response and a student evaluation, as material for further development and research.
In our talk, we will discuss design, benefits and challenges of using this type of group
Chalmers, Mathematical Sciences, Algebra and geometry
Chalmers, Mathematical Sciences, Analysis and Probability Theory