A flexible, extensible online testing system for mathematics

Passmore, Tim and Brookshaw, Leigh and Butler, Harry J. (2007) A flexible, extensible online testing system for mathematics. In: AMS NZMS 2007: Joint Meeting of the American Mathematical Society and the New Zealand Mathematical Society , 12-15 Dec 2007, Wellington, New Zealand.

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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 PHP scripts and XML configuration files to parse student answers, which are entered using standard mathematical notation and conventions. The answers can involve data structures like lists, variable-precision floating-point or integer numbers and algebra, which allows more sophisticated testing designs than the multiple-choice, or exact-match, paradigms common in other systems. Experience using the system and ideas for further development are discussed.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Poster)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Conference proceedings unpublished.
Depositing User: Mr Tim Passmore
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Maths and Computing
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2008 01:55
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:01
Uncontrolled Keywords: online testing system; entry-skills testing; mathematics
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080602 Computer-Human Interaction
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 > 9303 Curriculum > 930301 Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/4100

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