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MetaMath Coordination meeting in N.P. Ogarev Mordovia State National research University
MetaMath Coordination meeting in N.P. Ogarev Mordovia State National research University

During two days from November 14 to November 16 N.P. Ogarev Mordovia State National Research University was staging the final coordination meeting of the universities - participants of the international project MetaMath, implemented in the framework of the European TEMPUS programme.

The University brought together scholars and functionaries of European universities and research organisations such as German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (GRCAI – DFKI), Saarland University (Germany), Tampere University of Technology (Finland), Claude Bernard Lyon University (France); Russian universities were represented by (Kazan State National Research Technical University, N.I. Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod, St. Petersburg State Electrotechnical University, Tver State University. Contact person of the project – head of Chair of automated systems of information processing and management, Institute of Electronics and Lighting engineering Sergey A. Fedosin

The project was launched in March 2014. Mathematics constitutes a main scientific fundamental of all Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curricula and, if so, the quality of Math education is one of the important elements of technological modernisation and economic reforms. The overall objective of the proposed project is to improve the quality of STEM education in Russia by modernising and improving the curricula and teaching methods in the field of Mathematics. The process of modernization will start from the fundamental revision of the way math studies are organized in all Russian universities offering degrees in STEM. After that, the further steps will be taken to modernize the content and teaching methods by introducing principles of blended learning and modern educational technologies. Above all, the project will target the teaching staff of those departments providing math-related modules (e.g. Higher Math, special chapters of Math) within regular STEM curricula. Additionally, the university personnel supporting the introduction of TEL methods will be addressed.

The specific tool of the project is Math-Bridge. It is the first Pan-European e-Learning platform for online bridging courses in mathematics. Math-Bridge allows teachers and students to interact with thousands of mathematical learning objects available in seven languages. Users of Math-Bridge can select one of many pre-defined courses, build their own courses or use the adaptive course generation tool. The technical personnel trained within the project installed Math-Bridge in all partner Universities. The tests (e.g. connectivity, stability and robustness, etc.) had been implemented under the supervision of DFKI so the system in each location run sustainable with at least 200 users working simultaneously. At Mordovia State University two groups are taught on the basis of MathBridge.

At the opening session the guests of the University were welcomed by Vice-Rector for Informatisation Konstantin A. Leshchankin. Other keynote speakers: Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Information Technology Ivan I. Chuchaev told colleagues about the traditions of mathematical education in Saransk. A student of the Institute of electronics and lighting engineering Ivan Kopeikin studied at Saarland University of (Germany), students of Faculty of Mathematics and Information Technologies Ivan Zhdanov and Valeria Sidorova at Tampere University of Technology (Finland). They talked about the knowledge and skills acquired during studies at the above European universities.

The second day’s agenda included preparations for finalising the project i.e. MetaMath Experiment Reports and MetaMath Deliverables.

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