Calling all Math Researchers and Industry Experts, We Need Your Inspiration!
Why A VedaVox Course?
VedaVox courses are designed to inspire, and we need your help to do that.
Right now the world of mathematics is under siege. The phrase “I can’t do math” or “I hate math” is heard everywhere and people speak it with a sense of pride and ownership. We are looking to change that attitude but we need your help to do it.
We want to promote mathematics and math researchers to the world in a new and interactive way.
What’s in it for Me?
Beyond the good feeling of being involved with something that can really have an impact on the lives of those outside of your University or Industry community, being involved with a project like this has a number of benefits:
For the Researcher/Expert:
- Have a broader reach for their research and industry and a deeper understanding for the public about what they do
- For researchers we assist with grant applications and tenure/promotion by adding a measurable outreach involvement activity to their CV
- For experts, we add additional skills to their CV and build recognition in the wider community
- A chance to interact with a group of people you may not have had a chance to interact with before
For the Institution/Company:
- Assists with the involvement of the department, institution or organization with the outside community in a measurably impactful way
- A low cost/low risk way to be involved with community outreach without additional overhead at the institution level (staffing and student liability issues, space logistics, separate financial records, etc)
- We provide reports to departments, institutions or companies to use when applying for grants, sponsorships and/or funding that requires a community impact portion or for annual reports showcasing what they and their faculty/experts are involved with.
First, we need a story!
To do this we need to interview the researcher involved for about 45 minutes. The purpose of this interview is to capture who this researcher is, why they got involved in this field in the first place and what their research is all about. It’s also a good opportunity for us to speak to the researcher about what we do and how their story will be used to inspire others.
Then we need an activity!
After interviewing the researcher we build an activity around their research, or closely linked to it. This activity is designed with students in Grades 3 – 8 in mind. The purpose of this activity is to showcase the research to a new generation in a new and unique way.
Next we get approval!
After we create the story and the activity we send it to the researcher for proofing and approval. We estimate that this approval process will only take an hour or two.
Then we take the edits and come up with the final course; including creating an interactive video to introduce the topic.
Then we run the online course with the purpose of inspiring a new generation! The only thing left is we ask that the researcher make a brief appearance to the class, via an online portal, for 15 minutes during the course. If they are unable to make it during the course time then we ask that they do a pre-recorded message to the students (we can help with this) but we’d really like them to be present for the class if possible. (Why? Well the purpose of these courses is to inspire the next generation and what better way for them than to meet a ‘real life researcher’ and have a chance to speak to them and ask questions)
How Long Will This Take?
Here is our typical timeline:
- A meeting with the Department Head/Corporate contact to discuss the project takes place (45 minutes – 1 hour); this can be done in person, online or over the phone
- We then set up a time to meet with the researcher/expert to be profiled (45 minutes – 1 hour); this can be done in person, online or over the phone*1
- A profile on the researcher/expert is created (1 week)
- We then create an activity based on the research (1 week)
- The profile and activity is then sent to the researcher/expert for proofing (1 – 2 hours; 1 week to complete)
- We then alter the activity and profile based on feedback (1 week)
- A video to accompany the course is then created (1 week)
- The full activity is then sent to researcher and department head for final sign off (1 – 2 hours; 1 week to complete)
- The final activity is then posted to our website and the online course is run (a typical course is 4 weeks in length)
- The researcher is asked to join for one of the classes (15 – 20 minutes) if they are available
- Every 6 months the institution/company and the researcher/expert will receive an outline of their participation in the project and their contribution and its effects. This includes how many people have downloaded/accessed their activity/took the course and its impact on them through an end of course survey.
*1: This conversation will be recorded but the recording is only for the purpose of transcription and will NOT be used unless there is explicit permission from the researcher