Online mathematical investigation as a narrative experience

  • 11-13 June 2004
  • Faculty of Education, University of Western Ontario
  • A Fields Institute Symposium
Keynote addresses (open to the public)


  • The goal of the Symposium is to address the nature of mathematical experience and what makes for a good mathematics story in the context of designing online mathematical investigation.
  • Facilitating investigation adds significantly to the complexity of online instructional design.
  • Story may be a valuable format for designing online mathematical investigation, anchoring student understanding to more meaningful learning contexts and enhancing aesthetic aspects of the mathematics learning experience.



Friday June 11

  • 7:00-7:30 pm - Opening remarks
  • 7:30-9:00 pm - Andy diSessa keynote+discussion
  • 9:00 pm - Reception

Saturday June 12

  • 9:00-10:30 am - Nathalie Sinclair keynote+discussion
  • 10:30-12:00 - Working meeting
  • 12:00-1:30 - Lunch
  • 1:30-3:30 - Working meeting
  • 3:30-5:00 pm - Uri Leron keynote+discussion
  • 6:30pm - Dinner

Sunday June 13

  • 9:00-12:00 - Working meeting
  • 12:00-1:30 - Lunch
  • 1:30-3:30 - Working meeting

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Symposium discussion paper

The Mystery of the Black Knight’s Noetherian Ring - An investigation into the story-mathematics connection with a small detour through chess country

Apostolos Doxiadis Athens, Greece

Friday, 11 June 2003, 7:30-9:00 pm, Room 2038, Faculty of Education, UWO

New Literacies-Halves and Wholes: What is Really Important about New Media?

Andrea A diSessa Graduate School of Education University of California, Berkeley, USA

Saturday, 12 June 2003, 9:00-10:30 am, Room 2038, Faculty of Education, UWO

Stories in School Mathematics: from proofs to productions

Dr. Nathalie Sinclair Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education Department of Mathematics, Michigan State University

Saturday, 12 June 2003, 3:30-5:00 pm, Room 2038, Faculty of Education, UWO

Mathematical Thinking & Common Sense: Consonance & Conflict

Uri Leron Technion -- Israel Institute of Technology

Last year's Symposium




All meetings are at the Faculty of Education, University of Western Ontario, 1137 Western Road, London, ON, Canada, N6G1G7.

Accommodation for out of town participants is in our Essex Hall B&B Residence, which is opposite the Faculty of Education - please see map.

Parking is available in the lot shown on the map for $4 per entry (two $2 coins).

Some pictures from the 2004 Symposium