Case Study: Cork Institute of Technology
Julie O’Donovan has taught a Bridging Calculus course to first-year engineering students for the past five years. When her class size shot up last year, she needed a solution that would help share the extra workload while making sure all students stayed on track.
“Numbas automatically corrected assessments, gave the students instant feedback and even sent the results to my Blackboard account so that I had all their scores on a spreadsheet instantly. Brilliant!
“I noticed that when students were practising questions, they were much more focused on trying to get the right answer rather than giving up after one try. Also, as I could see their marks as they went, I could discretely identify the students who needed a bit of extra help and spend time with them as I wandered around the lab.”
Julie plans to use Numbas in future classes as both a tutorial and assessment tool.
“It worked even better as a learning tool. Numbas kept students engaged for hours. After two hours they were still working away happily and asking maths-related questions to both myself and the other students.
“Numbas is the best computer maths tool I’ve come across. I think it has great potential. I just need time to play with it more!”