A flexible, extensible online testing system for mathematics

Passmore, Tim and Brookshaw, Leigh and Butler, Harry (2011) A flexible, extensible online testing system for mathematics. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 27 (6). pp. 896-906. ISSN 1449-3098

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Abstract

An online testing system developed for entry-skills testing of first-year university students in algebra and calculus is described. The system combines the open-source computer algebra system Maxima with computer scripts to parse student answers, which are entered using standard mathematical notation and conventions. The answers can involve structures such as: lists, variable-precision-floating-point numbers, integers and algebra. This flexibility allows more sophisticated testing designs than the multiple choice, or exact match, paradigms common in other systems, and the implementation is entirely vendor neutral. Experience using the system and ideas for further development are discussed.


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Depositing User: Mr Tim Passmore
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Maths and Computing
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2012 11:41
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: mathematics; online testing; computer algebra; PHP scripting; algebra; calculus
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19862

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