Maths iSTEM Microcredential

Key facts

Cost: $1000
Mode: Online
Duration: 12 months
Start date: Semester 1, 2024

Gain a foundational understanding of the big ideas driving mathematics in STEM and learn how to translate this knowledge to the classroom.

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Awarded Australian Government funding under the Microcredentials Pilot in Higher Education, ACU has developed this microcredential in line with the Australian Skills Classification priorities, to meet industry needs and encourage lifelong learning.

Dr Matt Sexton

Director, Mathematics Learning and Teaching Centre

What you will learn

To successfully complete this microcredential, you must undertake both units.

Unit 1: Maths iSTEM

This unit demonstrates how STEM can be integrated into mathematics to create young critical thinkers who can apply mathematics to solve real-world problems. Interacting with authentic data, you will work with content that can be applied in the classroom to assist you in effective lesson planning.

Discover how critical thinking and problem-solving within the STEM disciplines, and in particular mathematics, is essential for navigating an increasingly data-driven world.
Explore the principles of teaching and learning that support applying mathematical/statistical modelling to real-world problems.
Develop a research-informed understanding of the role of critical thinking in mathematics when addressing global issues — a key aspect of numeracy.

Unit 2: Leading the M in STEM

This unit will develop your ability to lead mathematics teaching and learning within the context of STEM education. This includes the development of evidence-based pedagogical approaches to teaching mathematical concepts, procedures and proficiencies.

Develop a toolkit of informed, intentional and robust STEM initiatives to lead mathematics teaching within STEM education.
Learn how to design and implement mathematics-active STEM activities tailored to your school contexts.
Learn research-informed approaches to teaching and learning that support the central role of mathematics in STEM education.

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Learning outcomes and assessment

This is a highly flexible course, providing you with a robust foundation of evidence-informed knowledge and skills to better enhance student outcomes.

To successfully complete each unit, you will need to pass a series of multiple-choice assessments and written assignments.

Digital certification

Following the successful completion of each Mathematics iSTEM microcredential, you will receive a digitally coded certification badge that can be shared on your professional profiles, including LinkedIn. This badge is proof of your award and can be used to gain credit in relevant courses when pursuing further study.

Pathways to further study

This microcredential has been designed to provide you with a pathway into the Graduate Certificate in Education or the Master of Education at ACU.

Industry endorsement

Maths iSTEM has received endorsement from the Professional Teachers' Council NSW industry body.

Course development and teaching team

Professor of Mathematics Education

Professor Vince Geiger is a professor of mathematics education within ACU’s Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education (ILSTE). He is the leader of the STEM Education: Design and Growth Across the Disciplines program, an interdisciplinary research space focused on the enabling and transformative role of mathematics within the STEM disciplines and other areas of human endeavour.

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Director, Mathematics Teaching and Learning Centre
Lecturer (Mathematics)

Dr Matt Sexton is the Director of the Mathematics Teaching and Learning Centre at ACU. Drawing on his extensive experience as a numeracy coordinator and lecturer, Dr Sexton oversees professional development for mathematics leaders and is working on several projects focused on supporting the work of primary and secondary school mathematics leaders.

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Lecturer (Science and Mathematics)

An expert in psychometric testing in physics and mathematics education, Dr Wade Naylor has taught senior physics, junior science, ICT and mathematics in high schools, and has also taught in universities at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has been involved with successful government tenders in relation to STEM and has more than 40 academic publications.

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Professor of Education

Tracey Muir is a professor of education at ACU. Her research interests and expertise include student engagement with mathematics, effective teaching of numeracy, online learning and engagement, the flipped classroom, parental involvement, teacher pedagogy, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

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