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July 02, 2018 : Ohio University Lancaster Professor Presents Collaborative Math Assessment Software

by Sarah Shy

 

Associate professor Giorgi Shonia presented “Using Sage Math for classroom assessment” at the Mathematical Association of America, Ohio chapter meeting at Miami University.

 

giorgiShonia explained that Sage math is mathematical software similar to software like Maple, Matlab, or Mathematica. Sage math was developed by collaborating university faculty across the nation.

 

“In my presentation, I shared my experience of using Sage for algorithm-based problem and solution generation. These problems can be used in classrooms for assessment.” Shonia said.

 

Shonia hopes that his presentation about his experiences and insight of Sage math will circulate among his peers, possibly increasing their productivity, which ultimately should help give better instruction to students.

 

The Mathematical Association of America is one of two professional organizations for higher education math faculty and the association focuses on pedagogy. The association holds two chapter meeting per year which gives great opportunities for faculty to network, learn about recent developments, and share experiences with peers.

 

Teaching at Ohio University Lancaster is Shonia’s first career in academia. Before his current position, he taught as a graduate student starting in 2005. When asked what drew him to mathematics in college, he had this to say, “Since elementary school, I’ve always been into mathematics. College was merely a natural development on this path.”

 

Shonia said that throughout his teaching career he has learned the most from his students and the faculty, and that he wishes he had more time for this fellowship with individuals.

 

Dr. Giorgi Shonia is Associate Professor in the mathematics department. He can be contacted through his email at shonia@ohio.edu