On March 1, 2023, Pure Math participated in the first ever "Math Teach-Off" event. The premise of the event was simple: three groups of students would take a quiz on a mathematical concept. Then, each group would be taught about the concept for an hour by one of three Faculty of Math instructors, including Pure Math lecturer Blake Madill (pictured second from right).
David McKinnon (pictured far right), chair of the Department of Pure Mathematics, first came up with the idea for the event. This kind of iterative testing to assess learning, he says, “is the gold standard in educational research for measuring teaching.” In creating the Teach-Off, he hoped to simultaneously demonstrate the possibilities of this form of learning assessment, while also creating a fun event.
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