Developing Student Competencies In Scientific Calculations Exploiting Numbas Expertise at CIT
Engineering & Science
Science & Informatics
- Ms Lauren Daly (FYP)
- Dr David Goulding
- Dr Clodagh Carol
- Dr Eileen O’ Leary
- To develop an interdisciplinary collaboration between chemistry and mathematics and exploit interdepartmental experts to enhance students learning
- To provide a platform to support students’ learning through assessment by embedding hints within the questions, providing immediate feedback and encouraging students to partake in this self-directed learning
- To progress student development in a structured fashion by scaffolding and incrementally increasing the difficulty of the questions
Progress to date
- Survey results have been gathered on the length of practicals, calculations students find difficult and pre and post practical support desired, but the results need to be collated.
- Software packages were evaluated through a series of focus groups and it was found:
- Videoscribe – easy to use and effective for disseminating information however a license is needed.
- Splice Video Editors Video – free video editing application that works on iPhone and the iPad.
- NUMBAS – found to be complex initially for non-experts but has huge potential.
- Resources for students to be developed
- Pre-Practical Videoscribe outlining the theory and aims of the experiment.
- Pre-practical video to enhance students learning through better preparation.
- Formative assessment – specific questions with in-built hints and immediate feedback to aid students understanding and critical thinking skills.
- Resources for Staff to be developed:
- ‘How to Guide’ on creating video recording of a practical technique.
- ‘How to Guide’ on creating interactive questions with inbuilt hints and formative feedback on Numbas.
- Students opinions of the resources developed will be collected through focus groups.