From 3 February to 15 April 2020, the Korteweg - de Vries Institute for Mathematics (KdVI) organized the e-Winter Course in Mathematics for the very first time; an online course intended for high school pupils and higher education students with a deficiency in maths. Last week, 72 participants obtained their certificate.
To meet a demand of high school students and students in applied higher education ('HBO') to have an online mathematics course in the winter period, lecturers Andre Heck, Marthe Schut and Gideon Jager digitised the traditional course materials of the annual, in-class, summer course and added an online forum as well as chat sessions for support and guidance.
The number of registrations was overwhelming; nearly 120 participants started the course in February, while KdVI expected to receive only about 50 registrations. The participants appeared to have a high degree of independence; the forum was well visited, but the chat sessions were rarely used. The online exam took place last week, with 72 participants passing. This is more than double the success rate we traditionally see with the exam in April, for which participants could only prepare via unsupported self-study up until this year.
Participants were enthusiastic about the course and the way in which the organising team, consisting of the aforementioned teachers and secretary Tiny Dekker, dealt with all extra measures that had to be taken to condust the online exam during the corona crisis. This is evident from the following testimonials: