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ERIC Number: EJ864513
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0268-3679
The Exponential Growth of Mathematics and Technology at the University of Portsmouth
McCabe, Michael
Teaching Mathematics and Its Applications: An International Journal of the IMA, v28 n4 p222-227 Dec 2009
The number of students studying university mathematics in the UK has been increasing gradually and linearly since 2002. At the University of Portsmouth, number of students studying mathematics doubled from 30 to 60 between 2002 and 2007, then increased by 240% in just 1 year to over 140 in 2008. This article explains how learning technology has supported such a dramatic growth and continues to provides inspiring resources for first year students (see McCabe, ICTMT-x, x = 3 ... 8). Maple 12 and Matlab applications are provided in WebCT Vista with e-assessment questions delivered in QM Perception and MapleTA. This combination has been extremely effective in scaling up course delivery to "exponentially" larger classes. In particular, the assessment of mathematical problem solving with reusable assessment objects has encouraged students to learn.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom