Project: Exploring technology based continuous assessment in Mathematics and its applications

Principal Investigator: Renata Retkute

The project investigates the introduction of an Electronic Voting Systems (EVS) into lectures of mathematic, statistics or operational research in order to transform the lecture experience from a one-way transmission of information in to a two-way conversation between lecturer and students, mediated by the technology. Electronic Voting Systems also are known as Personal Response Systems (PRS), Classroom Response Systems (CRS), Audience Response Systems (ARS), Student Response Systems (SRS), Classroom Performance System (CPS) or commonly referred to as "clickers/iclickers" or "buzzers". The aim is to create an enjoyable means for continuous assessment of students conceptual knowledge. Pioneered by Prof Eric Mazur for physics, ConcepTests are questions designed to encourage interactions in the classroom about mathematical concepts and are directly connected to the succesfull use of EVS.

Funding

Maths, Stats & OR Network

Resources and contacts

Users of EVS in Mathematics and Statistics:

  • Gillian Lancaster, Postgraduate Statistics Centre, Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics, Lancaster University.
  • Michael McCabe, Department of Mathematics, University of Porthsmouth.
  • John McColl, Department of Statistics, University of Glasgow.
  • Geoff McKay, Department of Mathematics, University of Strathclyde.
  • Agostino Nobile Department of Statistics, University of Glasgow.
  • David Pritchard, Department of Mathematics, University of Strathclyde.
  • Renata Retkute, Deaprtment of Mathematics, University of Surrey.
  • Carol Robinson, Mathematics Education Centre, Loughborough University.
  • Research on EVS in Mathematics:

  • Samuel King, Mathematics Education Centre, Loughborough University. Examining the effectiveness of new technologies in enhancing the teaching and learning of Mathematics and engagement of students in Higher Education. The technologies to be investigated include Electronic Voting Systems (EVS) as well as Electronic Whiteboard (EWB) - enabling devices such as Tablet PC and Promethean Board.
  • Users of EVS in other disciplines:

  • Simon Bates School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Edinburgh
  • Steve Draper Department of Psychology, University of Glasgow
  • Resources for EVS:

  • Using peer instruction and iclickers to enhance student engagement in calculus. Includes overview, methodology and concept tests.
  • ConcepTest Questions for Statistics. Includes concept tests and Mathematica code for some graphical questions.
  • Annotated questions for Statistics course. With explanation.
  • Complete set of voting questions for differential equations and linear algebra.
  • Papers:

  • Atwood B. (2007) Using "Clickers" with Mathematica's Dynamic Interactivity Conference Proceedings of 2007 Wolfram Technology Conference
  • Butler M. (2005). "What I learned from using a personal response system." Mathematical Association of America FOCUS, 25(3), pp.15.
  • Cline K. (2006) "Classroom Voting in Mathematics." Mathematics Teacher Volume 100, Number 2, pp.100-104.
  • Cline K., Zullo H. and Parker M. (2007) "Using Classroom Voting in Mathematics Courses" In Proc. 19th Annual International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics. New York: Addison Wesley, pp.35-39.
  • Hofacker E. and Ernie K. (2008) "Using Clickers to Encourage Discussion and Communication in Mathematics". Paper presented at the annual meeting of the The Mathematical Association of America MathFest, TBA, Madison, Wisconsin, Jul 28, 2008
  • d'Inverno R., Davis H. and White S. (2003). "Using a personal response system for promoting student interaction." Teaching Mathematics and Its Applications, 22(4), 163-169.
  • Lass D., Morzuch B. and Rogers R. (2007). "Teaching with technology to engage students and enhance learning." University of Massachusetts-Amherst Department of Resource Economics Working Paper. Accessed December 13, 2007.
  • Lomen D. and Robinson M.(2004) "Using ConcepTests in Single and Multivariable Calculus." In Proc. 16th Annual International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics. New York: Addison Wesley, 2004.
  • Lucas A. (2009) "Using peer instruction and iclickers to enhance student participation in Calculus". pp. 1-25 in press PRIMUS
  • McCabe M., Heal A. and White, A. (2001). "Integration of group response systems into teaching." Paper presented at the 5th International CAA Conference.
  • McCabe M., Heal A. and White, A. (2001). "New approaches to computer assessment for higher level learning." Paper presented at the 5th International Conference on Technology in Mathematics Teaching. >/li>
  • McCabe M. and Lucas I. (2003). "Teaching with CAA in an interactive classroom: Death by PowerPoint - life by discourse." Seventh International Computer Assisted Assessment Conference.
  • McKay G. (2003) "New approaches to Teaching and Learning in Engineering at the University of Strathclyde." In Maths for engineering and science. LTSN MathsTEAM, pp.16-17.
  • McKay G. (2005) "New approaches to Teaching and Learning in Engineering at the University of Strathclyde." In Engineering Subject Centre Guide: Guide to Lecturing. The Higher Education Academy - Engineering Subject Centre, pp.38-41.
  • Miller RL., Santana-Vega E. and Terrell MS. (2006) "Can Good Questions and Peer Discussion Improve Calculus Instruction?" PRIMUS Volume 16, Number 3.
  • Wit E. (2003). "Who wants to be... The use of a personal response system in statistics teaching". Connections, 3(2), pp.20.
  • Videos:

  • Statistics class.
  • Calculus class.
  • Featuring interviews with Purdue faculty
  • For more details on a project or collaboration email me: r.retkute@surrey.ac.uk .