Mark Mac Lean


I am interested in various areas of Geometry and Analysis.

I am also interested in understanding how we undertand mathematics and I am working on projects that make use of comparative judgment to study how students learn mathematics. With some wonderful colleagues (faculty and staff), I co-developed ComPAIR, a tool for implementing comparative judgment exercises. This is an open education resource. I am currently working with colleagues in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Melbourne to study the impacts of using comparative judgment excercises on students' learning.

I am involved in writing children's stories -- Adventures of Small Number -- to encourage interest in mathematics. This is a project with Veselin Jungic at SFU and involves collaborations with others. There are some wonderful animations done from the illustrations for these stories. In addition to versions in English and French, there are versions in Blackfoot, Cree, Squamish, and Halq'eméylem, Sliammon, Nisga'a, Heiltsuk, Hul'q'umi'num, and Huu-ay-aht/Nuu-chah-nulth.  

I am one of the elected faculty representatives on UBC's Board of Governors. My term is March 1, 2020 to February 28, 2023.  In that capacity, I am currently the Board's Chair of the Learning and Research Committee. I also serve or have served on a number of other committees, including the Finance Committee and the Executive Committee.

I will be on sabbatical starting January 1, 2023 and ending June 30, 2023. 

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