The E-Learning Unit in the School of Mathematics, Statistics & Physics at Newcastle University has received the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE). These awards recognise collaborative work that has had a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning, highlights the key role of teamwork in higher education.
We’ve just released a minor new version of the Numbas LTI tool provider.
Changes in this version include:
- A global dashboard view, showing resources which are active today.
- An option to only show completed attempts when viewing the statistics for a resource.
- When the student ends their attempt, they’re shown an encoded receipt which they can use as evidence of their score, even if no receipt email is sent.
- Bug fixes around time zone handling, sending email receipts on attempt completion, cross-site security and text formatting.
We recommend updating any servers running the LTI provider as soon as possible, by following the upgrade instructions.
Here are the recordings of our recent training sessions held over Zoom.
First, there was a beginners’ session on the 15th of July, covering the Numbas editing interface, how to deliver exams to students, and writing a first question:
And an advanced session on the 22nd, covering explore mode, custom marking algorithms, and custom part types:
We’re planning on running another Numbas training session for beginners, following the series we ran in March and April.
The first session is scheduled for 10:00 BST on Wednesday 15th July. It’ll run over Zoom and last about two hours. No previous knowledge of Numbas will be assumed.
Following demand, we’ve scheduled a more advanced training session, for experienced Numbas users.
This will take place at 10:00 BST on Wednesday 22nd July. Again, it’ll run over Zoom and last about two hours. Christian will demonstrate a few things, then there’ll be time to work through question-authoring problems from attendees.
Register for a training session:
- The introductory training session on 2020-07-15.
- The advanced training session on 2020-07-22. (This will be recorded)
If you’re looking to start using Numbas in a hurry because of the CoViD-19 crisis, have a look at our blog post about how Numbas can help.
This morning we ran the second of our online Numbas training sessions organised in response to the coronavirus crisis.
Here’s the recording of the session:
There’s at least one more session to go, at 10:00 BST next Wednesday, April 8th. You can still register to attend. If there’s demand for it, we might schedule more sessions.
Now that face-to-face teaching in many institutions has been cancelled in response to the coronavirus crisis, many lecturers are looking for ways to move their teaching and assessment online.
We’ve put this page together as a reference to describe how Numbas could be used to help your students and to replace paper-based assessments.
A few people have asked us for an accessibility statement before they start using Numbas, so we’ve written one.
The statements describe the accessibility requirements that we’ve designed Numbas around, some tips on how to use Numbas effectively with different assistive technologies, and details on the outstanding accessibility issues that we know about.
If you’ve got any feedback about the statements or accessibility in Numbas, please let us know.
Nick Walker has developed a set of Numbas questions to support his teaching of Spectroscopy to first year students of Chemistry at Newcastle University.
We’re releasing another major version of Numbas. This release incorporates a couple of exciting new developments, which greatly expand Numbas’ capabilities.
If you want to dive right in, have a go at the demo exam we’ve made to show off the new features.