Dr Alasdair McAndrew
Senior Lecturer and Discipline Leader, Mathematics & Physics
Alasdair has been teaching mathematics and computing at Victoria University for many years, and has a particular interest in mathematics education. He holds a PhD from Monash University, and is the recipient of a VC's award for teaching excellence, and also has a Citation from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) (now the Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT)) for "Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning". He has been an assessor of awards and grants for ALTC/OLT, as well as mentoring VU staff for awards. He has been a visiting scholar at both Monash and Swinburne universities, and has given invited seminars locally, as well as in Malaysia and the USA. He has also been invited to teach advanced training courses in Singapore and Malaysia.
Alasdair's main research interests are the use of technology in the learning of mathematics, assessment in mathematics, and digital image processing. He has written two well-received textbooks and many articles.
Alasdair's teaching interests are in the transition between secondary and tertiary education, and his happiest moments are when a student has an "aha!" moment in one of his classes.
He is currently a member of TEQSA's “Register of Experts” with a remit which includes mathematics, education, computer and network security, e-learning, and assessment.
McAndrew, A. (2011) Introduction to Cryptography with Open-Source Software, CRC Press
McAndrew, A. (2004) Introduction to Digital Image Processing with Matlab, Course Technology/Thompson Learning
Refereed Journal Articles
McAndrew, A. (2008) Teaching Cryptography with open-source software, ACM SIGCSE Bulletin, volume 40, pages 325—329 (Note: ERA A ranked publication)
McAndrew, A., Caruso, F., D'Aurizio, J. (2008) Efficient finite fields in the Maxima computer algebra system. Arithmetic of Finite Fields (Lecture Notes in Computer Science vol 5130) pages 62—76 (A ranked)
Package for finite fields, Maxima Computer Algebra system
Package for derangements, Sage Computer Algebra system
Note: the users for each of these systems number in the tens or possibly hundreds of thousands, judging by site statistics.
Mathematics at any undergraduate level, some computing as needed.
Stream for Mathematics Education (VIT & AQF compliant)
Postgraduate research students and fellows
Completions: 4 Honours, 10 Masters (Minor thesis), 1 Masters by research (principal supervisor), 1 Masters by research (co-supervisor), 1 PhD (co, supervisor)
Current supervision: 1 PhD (principal supervisor), 1 Masters by research (principal supervisor)
Improving Outcomes for Students in First Year Mathematics, VUT Quality Improvement Grant, 1995, $50,000
Improving learning outcomes for students in first year mathematics subjects, VU 2007, $20,000
Using an Access Grid Room for communication in Mathematics, Faculty of Engineering & Science, 2008, $70,000
Embedding mathematical software in undergraduate mathematics subjects, VU, 2008, $10,000
Improving outcomes for students studying engineering mathematics, VU TQIP, 2010, $7850
Professional Learning Program for VCE Mathematics, Australian Government Quality Teaching Program 2007, $13,000
Using an Access Grid Room for communication in Mathematics, International Centre for Excellence in Education of Mathematics (ICE-EM), 2008, $70,000
- Mathematical Association of America
- Mathematical Association of Victoria
- Supervision of many capstone industry projects, with industries including local governments, manufacturing, Yooralla, educational and health providers.
- Research with the Australian Pulp & Paper Institute.
Appearances in the media
- Dr Alasdair McAndrew on Gerolamo Cardano, The Laborastory, 23 October 2013
- What students want and how universities are getting it wrong, The Conversation, 19 October 2012
- 1 radio interview (SBS Youth)
- Four men at the funeral of a workmate, Shot Glass Journal (online journal of short poetry)
- 3 Ricercars for Viola da Gamba, last.fm
Areas of expertise
- Academic governance
- Digital Image Processing
- Mathematics education
- Network security