Improving Current Math State of Knowledge for First Year Students

Schäfer, Michael and Jansen, Marc and Stehling, Thomas (2012) Improving Current Math State of Knowledge for First Year Students. In: 1st Moodle Research Conference (MRC2012), 13-15 September, 2012, Heraklion, Crete.

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Abstract

In recent years, a decreasing mathematical knowledge is observable among first year university students. At the same time, the number of students starting their studies at universities is currently increasing. One of the most important factors of success at least for technical studies is the mathematical competence. Therefore we see the improvement of these skills as an important task for today’s university education. This paper describes a Moodle based approach that allows the measurement of individual mathematical competence at the beginning of a coaching process to continuously increase the mathematical skills of university students. Here, we combine the use of presence learning, individual feedback of the current math skills of each student and adapted learning advices together with up to date e-learning material. Technically, the system is integrated in Moodle through database extension, filter programming and use of graphic libraries, together with a recommender system for adapted e-learning material. This paper describes details of the technical implementation and provides results of a first evaluation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: math education, online evaluation, coaching, adaptation, feedback system
Subjects: Education (General) > Higher education
Divisions: Higher education, Universities, Vocational training, Colleges
Depositing User: Dr Michael de Raadt
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2015 04:52
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2015 04:52
URI: http://research.moodle.net/id/eprint/60

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