VIRTUAL MATHS CENTRE

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The Virtual Mathematics Centre at St Augustine College offers high-quality professional online courses primarily for mathematics teachers, but also for anyone with an interest in mathematics.

Each online course consists of a number of focused video lessons, together with supporting materials and resources. All video lessons are available on demand with no time limit. With our online courses, you have the advantage of access to the content anywhere and anytime.

Currently, we offer the following three courses.

 

1.  Uncapping the CAPS Mathematics

This course is intended for all teachers who teach Mathematics. It focuses on four broad key mathematical concepts essential for the 21st century: number, geometry, algebra and analysis. Each concept is viewed from its historical perspective, set against the backdrop of the Curriculum and Policy Statement (CAPS) for Mathematics of the National Curriculum Statement (NCS) Grades R-12. The course features nearly five hours of video lessons that are supported by additional readings and quizzes to test understanding. Participants will be challenged to demonstrate their understanding of the material by preparing a short teaching unit based on the material covered. Participants who complete the course will receive a St Augustine College Certificate of Completion. This course has been endorsed by the South African Council for Educators (SACE) for 15 Professional Development (PD) points.

Download the Uncapping the CAPS Mathematics brochure here or click here to register.

 

2.  Mathematics and Music: A Duet

This course is intended for anyone with an interest in and enthusiasm for either mathematics or music, or both. It is not necessary to be a specialist in mathematics or music, as the mathematical and musical concepts within the course are described and used in an elementary way. The course is designed to introduce participants to the mathematics-related aspects of music, including overtones, scales, tuning systems, the musical dice games of Mozart and Haydn and the old English style of bell-ringing, while the music-related aspects of mathematics include ideas from probability theory to group theory. The course features nearly five hours of video lessons that are supported by additional readings and quizzes to test understanding. Participants who complete the course will receive a St Augustine College Certificate of Completion. This course has been endorsed by the South African Council for Educators (SACE) for 15 Professional Development (PD) points.

The course will be available later in 2019.

 

3.  Excel for Teachers: Excel-lence in a day

This course is designed to introduce teachers to a selection of valuable activities using Microsoft Excel. The activities are related to the day-to-day tasks of teachers, including creating schedules, seating charts, mark-books, tracking learner’s performances over time, converting marks to symbols, creating histograms and charts, standard reporting and interactive lessons and tests. Some basic Excel knowledge is assumed. The course features over two hours of video lessons, together with practical Excel activities that will enhance participants’ Excel skills and understanding. Participants who complete the course will receive a St Augustine College Certificate of Completion. This course has been endorsed by the South African Council for Educators (SACE) for 5 Professional Development (PD) points.

The course will be available later in 2019.

 

The Presenter

These online mathematics courses are presented by Professor Michael Glencross. Prof Glencross, BSc, BSc(Hons), BEd, MPhil, DPhil, PGCE, has been involved extensively in education. He has taught mathematics and statistics at high school, college and university, and has supervised postgraduate research students at master’s and doctoral levels. Prof Glencross’s areas of interest and expertise are in the fields of mathematics education, statistics education and research methodology and design. He is a Professor Emeritus of the Walter Sisulu University for Technology & Science. He is also a keen musician and plays lead trumpet for a Johannesburg swing band.