Numbas at Newcastle
In this talk
A very broad overview of Numbas use at Newcastle University (UK).
Who is using Numbas and how.
Some observations of recent activity and trends here.
10+ Years of Numbas at Newcastle
Team of 4(ish) dedicated to supporting technology-enhanced teaching and learning in our School of Maths, Stats & Physics.
Numbas use by subject
Mathematics & Statistics
Numbas use by school
Numbas in G100
Module example I
MAS1607, moderate use
- Numbas practice sets organised by topic
- Two hybrid in-course summative assessments (Numbas 50%).
Module example II
MAS1803, high use
- Weekly practical handout questions
- Weekly Test Yourself practice questions
- Warm up
- Week's content
- Bonus questions
- Two hybrid in-course summative assessments (Numbas ~60%)
- Mock and final exam
Pre-Covid, the E-Learning Unit (mostly) prepared Numbas questions on behalf of module leaders.
Step change at the start of Covid:
- Lecturers often now write their own material
- Postgraduates employed to develop material instead of marking
Applications of Numbas
Numbas is used throughout the student life-cycle in a number of different applications (each one probably a 15 min talk!)
- Pre-entry course and examination
- Transition material
- Diagnostic tests
- Maths support
- Module practice material
- Laboratory/practical material
- In-course assessments
- Final exams
Some recent trends
Numbas and manual marking to enable more efficient, focussed marking.
More on Wednesday!
Adaptive marking became an unlikely contender for doing laboratory experiments!
Explore mode more naturally accomodates lab and practical activities.
Pre-Covid we ran a very small number of in-person exams.
We use a "Numbas application" to deliver exams in a locked-down browser.
Evolution of exams
2019/20: all semester 2, stage 1 exams in Maths, Stats & Physics moved online (pass-fail format).
2020/21: Stage 1 exams stayed online in a "4 in 24" format.
This year: ~20 exams planned in-person using a combination of our University lock-down exam system Inspera and Numbas.
Has taken a long time to develop.
What has helped:
- Working with other departments
- Working with our central learning and teaching team
- Sitting on committees and working groups
- Applying for small teaching grants and awards
Later this week
More talks related to Numbas @ Newcastle:
- From CALM to Numbas
- The programming extension
- Longer computational question setting and marking using Numbas
- Numbas for Chemistry
Thanks for listening.
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