Creating Authentic Experiences in Mathematics Courses (Postponed) (Cancelled) (20w2237)


Kseniya Garaschuk (University of the Fraser Valley)

Miroslav Lovric (McMaster University)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Creating Authentic Experiences in Mathematics Courses" workshop in Banff from March 27, 2020 to March 29, 2020.

The subject area of this workshop is best described as improvement and enrichment of ‘service’ courses in first-year mathematics, in particular mathematics and statistics for the life sciences. It is a timely topic - over the last two years, we have witnessed several highly attended CMS sessions and a number of stand-alone conferences and workshops, which brought together instructors across Canada who are teaching first-year mathematics courses. One of the biggest challenges that is continuously brought up is the lack of authentic applications. The novelty of this workshop is in addressing this challenge head on by not only socializing existing resources and making them widely accessible through a common database, but also by actually spending the time to create new, fresh materials and class activities.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).