E-Learning Unit, School of Mathematics, Statistics & Physics
Christian Lawson-Perfect, George Stagg, Vicky Hall, Claire Irving.
I lead a small e-learning unit at Newcastle University, using technology to support learning and teaching of maths around our university.
In this short talk I will cover our approaches to aiding the transition to higher education with formative tests, and how we are integrating those into our maths support service.
I would like to concentrate on the challenges faced by subjects outside of our own maths department.
Our issues are not unusual...
At Newcastle we have a one-to-one maths support service: 1-2 staff members, open around 20 hours per week.
Over the past 3 years, our e-learning team has modernised the service and helped to build online material to supplement the one-to-one provision.
A broad range of things...
Most of our applications involve Numbas.
An open-source system developed by the E-Learning Unit of Newcastle University's School of Mathematics, Statistics & Physics
It is aimed at numerate disciplines.
Browser-based, flexible and customisable.
Large database of existing questions, with an intuitive question editor.
In the summer of 2017 we built up a bank of around 150 questions, specifically for students making the transition to university.
Topics include data collection and presentation, probability, statistics, units of measurement, area and volume, algebraic manipulation, sequences and many more...
Written by students, for students.
The resources are available under a creative commons license on the Numbas Editor.
Session records filled by hand and later added to an Excel spreadsheet.
Excellent online resources, but barely used by students.
We aimed to expand on online resources and enhance one-to-one sessions, whilst maintaining a careful balance between the two.
They should complement and cross-promote eachother.
|Year||Unique page views|
|2016/17||Hypothesis testing page||882|
Steady use of one-to-one service, ~400 visits per academic year
"Students have responded really well to the maths resources on our student
support website; these are consistently the most visited pages. Students have
commented on the opportunity to put into practice what they have
just learned through the formative Numbas tests included in the section"
Claire Irving, ASK Project Coordinator