Helen Kiis

Empowering Math Educators: Blended Intensive Programme on OER Creation

From April 8th to April 12th, 2024 the Blended Intensive Programme (BIP) titled “Engaging Students with Interactive Materials in Mathematics.” was held in TTK University of Applied Sciences, in Tallinn, Estonia.
Educators from different European universities delved into the realms of Open Educational Resource (OER) definition, evaluation, use, and creation. The programme encompassed various topics essential for OER creation, including Design of Learning Materials, Pedagogy of Online Learning, Organizing a Comprehensive Learning Process Based on OERs, criteria for OER quality, and creating OERs for visually impaired and colorblind individuals.
Workshops showcased various apps such as H5P, Desmos, Geogebra, Canva, and others, facilitating the creation of mathematics-related learning materials. Participants actively created and uploaded OERs to the project’s smart library, allowing both them and project partners to utilize these resources in the future.
Moreover, visits to institutions like TalTech and the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences provided invaluable insights and networking opportunities.

With 20 attendees hailing from 11 higher education institutions, the BIP celebrated the rich tapestry of perspectives and expertise within the educational landscape. Through collaboration and knowledge exchange, participants leveraged their collective strengths to advance the field of mathematical education. With continued collaboration and dedication, the journey towards accessible, engaging learning experiences for all students marches onward.

Helen Kiis

Estonian Mathematical Society Embraces New OER Platform for Mathematical Objects

On April 6, 2024, the representatives of the Gate2Math project Oksana Labanova and Elena Safiulina (TTK UAS), alongside  Tatjana Tamberg (TLU), participated in the general assembly of the Estonian Mathematical Society and introduced the essence of the Gate2Math.
Creating a new Open Educational Resources (OER) platform for mathematical objects was warmly welcomed by community members, with hopes expressed for building a community around it. There was optimism about the sustainability of this project and a shared commitment to its success.

Left: Elena Safiulina, Oksana Labanova, Tatjana Tamberg
Helen Kiis

Transnational meeting in Barcelona, Spain

The third transnational partner meeting of the ERASMUS+ project Gate2Math took place on the 21st – 22nd of March 2024 in Barcelona, Spain.

It brought together participants, both physically and virtually, to review critical aspects of the ongoing project, from refining learning materials to improving user engagement strategies in the smart library workspace.

The meeting held in Barcelona provided not only a platform for professional networking but also opportunities for social interaction and cultural exploration..

Helen Kiis

TTK UAS at STACK Conference

Oksana Labanova from TTK UAS is exploring the possibility of exchanging test questions through the Gate2Math library at the STACK conference.

Oksana Lobanova at the conference.

To create an environment of collaborative learning and resource sharing between higher education institutions, a TTK UAS representative recently attended the prestigious STACK conference, held from 11 to 13 March 2024 in Amberg, Germany.

During the conference, a representative of TTK UAS discussed with colleagues from various educational institutions the prospects of creating an open library of educational resources in mathematics to exchange test questions.
The initiative aims to streamline the assessment creation while promoting academic collaboration and innovation across borders. Recognizing the importance of standardized assessment practices in education, discussions have focused on the potential benefits of a centralized repository for sharing test questions.
Such a platform could facilitate the exchange of ideas, best practices, and diverse perspectives among educators from different countries.