These Departmental Seminars are for everyone in Maths. We encourage anyone interested in the subject in general, or in the particular subject of the seminar, to come along. It's a great opportunity to meet people in the Maths Department and join in with our community.
At the University of Edinburgh, we have been increasing our use of the STACK computer-aided assessment system to provide practice and homework for students. I will give an overview of the features of STACK, and describe different ways it is being used across all years of our programme. In particular, I will show how STACK was a key part of the design of a new optional course for incoming students, "Fundamentals of Algebra and Calculus", which covers key topics from Advanced Higher and A-Level syllabuses. The course is delivered almost entirely online, as a series of STACK quizzes which interleave textbook-style exposition with videos of worked examples, interactive applets, and practice questions. I will describe how ideas from education research and cognitive science (such as spacing and retrieval practice) informed the course design, from its overall structure to the content of individual questions. I will also show some results from our evaluation of the course, including measures of the students' learning gains.
Dr George Kinnear (University of Edinburgh)
If you would like to attend this seminar, please email Jesus Martinez-Garcia for the password.