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I'm currently a graduate teaching assistant at the mathematics department at MTU. I started teaching in the spring 2016 semester. My first teaching assignment was Calculus II. Since then, I have taught Precalculus, Calculus II, Elementary Linear Algebra, and Elementary Differential Equations courses. I want to share my experience and research in teaching with two categories, which are traditional classes and online courses. I have made videos about both Mathematics and teaching Mathematics.

Online Teaching

In the Fall-2018 semester, I took the challenge to create a new online elementary differential equation course for the MTU math department. I made a new course structure, new course content, and new policies for the course. I want to share my experience and the things that I have tried using a video blog series. In addition to these, I'm a certified online course reviewer for MTU since April 2020.

Teaching Online Courses - Tips

  • Getting started with your course
  • Engagement activities
  • Homework System
  • Technology that we can use
  • Content Creation
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Teaching Traditional Classes

I love teaching! Teaching keeps me motivated; calling teaching my favorite hobby would be strictly accurate. I want to share how I teach a traditional class. I explain everything, using a video blog series. In the video blog, I discuss my approach to blended learning, active-flipped classrooms. I present new ideas for teachers to try out in their classes. You can find the topics and links to my video series below.

Chapters

  • Getting started with your course
  • Engagement activities
  • Homework System
  • Technology that we can use
  • Content Creation
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Current Projects

We currently investigate the effectiveness of using an online chat forum in a mathematics course. We use Piazza, the free online chat forum in our math courses while engaging students online using Piazza activities called the "Star Points" activities. We hope to use the online chat forum facilities in a meaningful and effective way in our math courses. Currently, we are analyzing the data we collected. More information will be provided soon.

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Achievements

  • 2018 MAGS Distinguished Teaching Award at MTU and represented MTU at the regional competition: https://blogs.mtu.edu/gradschool
    /2018/05/29/nadun-dissanayake/

  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching award 2016
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching award 2015 - Department of Mathematics
  • I was among the top 10% of the instructors at MTU based on student evaluations for every class I taught at MTU from 2016 Spring - 2019 Fall (6 consecutive semesters)
  • I was among the top 10% of the instructors at MTU based on student evaluations for the online differential equations course that I created - 2019 Spring & Fall
  • I'm a certified online course reviewer for MTU

Contact Information

  • Office: Fisher 327A
  • Address: Mathematical Sciences
    1400 Townsend Drive
    Houghton, Michigan 49931-1295
  • Email: nldissan@mtu.edu / nadundissanayake90@gmail.com