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Doctoral defence in Statistics – Anna Helga Jónsdóttir

Benedikt Magnússon, April 16, 2015
When: Friday, April 17, 2015 – 14:00
Location: The Aula, Aðalbygging – Main building
anna_helgaOn Friday the 17th of April Anna Helga Jónsdóttir will  defend her Ph.D. thesis in Statistics. The thesis is titled: Development and testing of an open learning environment to enhance statistics and mathematics education.

The defence will take place in the Aula at the Main Building and starts at 14:00.

Opponents are dr. Per B. Brockhoff, Professor at the Technical University of Denmark and dr. Robert C. delMas, Associate professor at the University of Minnesota.

The supervisor is dr. Gunnar Stefánsson, Professor at the Faculty of Physical Sciences at the University of Iceland. The doctoral committe also includes dr. Freyja Hreinsdóttir. Associate professor at the University of Iceland and dr. Auðbjörg Björnsdóttir. Director of the Centre of Teaching at the University of Akureyri.

The ceremony will be chaired by dr. Oddur Ingólfsson, Professor and Vice Head of the Faculty of Physical Sciences at the University of Iceland.


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Anna Helga Jónsdóttir (29/09/14)

Benedikt Magnússon, September 25, 2014

Math Colloquium

Speaker: Anna Helga Jónsdóttir, University of Iceland
Title: The performance of first year students on a diagnostic test of basic mathematical skills

Location: V-157, VRII
Time: Monday September 29., at 15:00-16:00.


Dropout-rates and poor performance of students in first year courses in calculus in the School of Engineering and natural sciences are of great concern. In order to examine the student’s background in mathematics a diagnostic test has been administrated annually since 2008. The main purpose of the diagnostic test is to provide immediate feedback to the students on their ability but also to enable instructors to identify common areas of difficulty within the group.

The results of the test will be described in the talk; how the results have changed in time, which variables are linked to the grades and how well the test results predict performance on final exams in Calculus IA, IB, IC and N. Ways forward will also be discussed.

Andreas Ulovec (16/05/14)

Benedikt Magnússon, May 13, 2014


Speaker: Andreas Ulovec, University of Vienna
Title: MSc4All – Motivating Methods and Materials in Maths and Science

Location: H203, Stakkahlíð — Menntavísindasviði HÍ.
Time: Friday 16. May, at 14:00.


The Comenius projects “PROMOTE MSc” and “MOTIVATE ME in Maths and Science” developed both materials (PROMOTE) and teaching methods (MOTIVATE) for one common goal: To increase students’ motivation in learning Mathematics and Science. Both projects produced very positively evaluated materials in book format:

  • unit descriptors (short summaries) of teaching materials
  • sample units of full teaching materials
  • compendium with a list and concise description of 24 teaching methods
  • case studies demonstrating the teaching methods using the PROMOTE teaching materials

All the materials are also available online for free. The materials have been used in teacher training and in schools now for several years, resulting in a lot of feedback, which has been used to improve the materials.
In this talk we will give an overview of the previous and current projects, and present improved versions of the project materials, i.e. teaching units that have been developed to motivate students to learn mathematics and science. Print versions (in English) of the materials will be given out at the presentation free of charge.

Kári Sigurðsson (29/01/14)

Benedikt Magnússon, January 29, 2014

Málstofa í stærðfræði

Speaker: Kári Sigurðsson

Title: Um stærðfræði: Kver handa framhaldsskólanemum – öðruvísi námsefni

Location: Room V-147 in building VR-II on the UI campus
Time: Wednesday January 29, 2014, at 16:00.