Title: Technological challenges of teaching mathematics in a blended learning environment

Authors: Petr Sojka, Roman Plch

Addresses: Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University, Brno 60200, Czech Republic. ' Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Brno 61137, Czech Republic

Abstract: This paper describes the following technological aspects of blended learning of mathematics: effective preparation of electronic teaching materials suited for different students| needs (PDF, HTML and XML + MathML parallel generation), videotaping of mathematics lectures, automated (self)testing of subjects taught using the computer algebra system Maple and preparation of interactive teaching materials with the MapleNet technology. Authors describe results achieved and the experience gained during preparation and implementation of these challenges in a Calculus course taught at the Faculty of Science, Masaryk University in Brno, in autumn 2006.

Keywords: blended learning; calculus; format conversion; Maple; MapleNet; maplets; MathML; PDF; publishing technologies; mathematics teaching; technological challenges; TEX; tex4ht; video; mathematics education; electronic teaching; online teaching; automated self-testing.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2008.022172

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2008 Vol.18 No.5/6, pp.657 - 665

Available online: 22 Dec 2008 *

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