From 1 to 30 November 2018, lecturer of the Department of Higher Mathematics, Mathematics and Informatics of Issyk-Kul state University (IKSU), Sagynthay kyzy Nazyra, graduated a trainship course at the Department of Mathematics of Univeristy of Applied Sciences Zwickau (WHZ).
IKSU is one of the partner universities in the scope of the KyrMedu project and has implemented the study programme of Health Care Management and Biomedical Engineering since 2017. Ms. Sagyntai kyzy teaches Higher Mathemetics there and was assigned to learn the online plattforms and their management at the WHZ. Further, IKSU is also working on adopting the practice oriented study model within the scope of the DAAD project since 2015.
The purpose of the trainship was to familiarize with the curriculum, study courses of “Computer Science” and “Digital Health” as well as with the didactics and e-learning approach of mathematical disciplines in these courses. The expected outcome of the trainship was to develop e-courses in higher mathematics for the areas of "Informatics in health care" and "Informatics" at IKSU.
Ms. Sagnytai kyzy has shared with her observations during her trainship at WHZ. What she struck the most is that the classrooms are equipped with all the nececcary items such as projectors, comfortable and wide moving boards, colored chalk, screens and internet access points, document cameras and the teachers also use a pen tablet using MATHCAD to build drawings and graphs of functions.
Regarding the metods of teaching, she was impressed of the teachers who try to explain in detail the theoretical material, here they not only lecture, but lecture with integrated exercises. Teachers would write a lot with chalk on the blackboard, necessarily highlighting formulas and definitions and designations in red chalk. At the same time with freshmen students, they would avoid excessive formalization of mathematical records. They also would write on a graphics tablet with PDF Annotator using different colors for recordings.
"Teachers widely use computational “tricks” - when calculating the product of matrices, a vector product, for example, it is much easier to solve and easy to remember." Such "tricks" have become for her the real methodical discoveries.
"In general, the teaching of mathematics is at a high scientific and practical level, covering all the necessary sections, with a demonstration of the application of the material under study in physics and mechanics. Students of these courses have a good mathematical training, actively involved and passes all the necessary online tests." - she shared.
To sum up, during the internship she acquired experiences in online courses on the OPAL platform as a student and as a teacher, in compiling and passing test tasks for ONYX, which is currently used only in Saxony, in introducing formulas and text on Latex, in using the computer algebra system MAXIMA in the preparation of a test task and setting variables as well as in compiling educational content on the educational Portal.
She is more than happy to disseminate her experiences with her fellow teachers at her home univeristy by conducting detailed presentations at the University Scientific Board and sharing the methodological information on the teaching of mathematics in the WHZ among the teachers of her faculty. She now is convinced of implementing the proper software for e-learning portal for mathematics and will seek the opportunity to convince the university administration too.