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Report Kathi Crow Indonesia 2015

Name of Volunteer: Kathi Crow


Home Institution: Salem State University

Position at home institution: Associate Professor

Host Institution: Universitas Bung Hatta, Padang, Indonesia

Arrival and departure date in host country: November 8 - 28, 2015

Who was your main contact in the host country (name, affiliation and email address)? Rita Desfitri, Math Department Chair, Universitas Bung Hatta,

Please answer the following questions:

1) Location (country, city, institution) of your lecture:
Indonsia, Padang, Universitas Bung Hatta

2) Dates of your lecture:
Nov. 10-27, 2015

3) Subject and title of the course:
Abstract Algebra / Algebraic Structures

4) How often did you teach a course?
3 times per week (2 hours per meeting)

5) How many students took part in the course(s)?

6) Background of students: Undergraduate/ Master/ PhD Students?

7) Please provide (if possible) any schedule of activities/list of topics covered during your visit.

8) Did you develop or follow a prescribed syllabus or did you write your own? Was it available to the students before the course or when the course began? Please also mention the references you used or any textbooks that were referred to:
Rita developed the syllabus and gave it to the students before I arrived since the class met for a week beforehand (and continued for a week following my departure).

9) Did you use any books, classroom material, AV, or other technology-based materials?
I adapted the Teaching Abstract Algebra for Undergraduate Curriculum to suit the needs of the course and I projected my notes and tasks for the students.

10) What type of assessment tools did you use? Attach if available, any notes or exams/quizzes that were distributed to students.
Homework Assignments and a midterm exam. The students had 1 more week of class after I left and then Rita wrote and administered the final exam. I gave them copies of the notes I projected as well as some pictures. 

11) In which language was the course given:

12) Was the course language the native language of the students?

13) Did you give any public lectures, and did you discuss with local staff issues regarding the curriculum?
There was a public meeting where I met students who weren't in my class and we discussed math and education abroad but there was no formal math lecture. I met several times with faculty members to discuss math and curricular issues.

14) Where did you live? (e.g. hotel, hostel, on campus, in city e.g.)
I stayed in a lovely apartment off-campus.

15) Do you have any recommendations/suggestions to the professor who will visit the university in the future (also regarding accommodation, health and visa issues)?
Everything went very smoothly and they took very good care of me. Make sure you wear shoes that are easy to kick on and off as you'll be removing them several times a day. Many of the students have a tenuous grasp of English so make sure you speak slowly and check in with them about mathematical terms. For example, they didn't know "one to one" or "onto" but were comfortable with "injective" and "surjective" so you might need to try a few words before you hit on what they know. Also, the infrastructure is developing. Blackouts of 2-3 hours were normal and always seemed to start just after class began. The internet was unreliably which made keeping in touch with my students at home difficult.

16) Would you like to share anything else, such as a particular experience, testimonial etc.?
Everybody was very friendly and welcoming. The students (even those who weren't the best mathematically) wanted to talk with me and take pictures. The students were very demonstrative and when they understood a particularly tough or clever proof would smile and clap. Do you have any pictures which you would allow us to put on the IMU- CDC website? Yes! See attached.