The exponential growth of mathematics and technology at the University of Portsmouth

Michael McCabe

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Abstract

The number of students studying university mathematics in the UK has been increasing gradually and linearly since 2002. At the University of Portsmouth, number of students studying mathematics doubled from 30 to 60 between 2002 and 2007, then increased by 240% in just 1 year to over 140 in 2008. This article explains how learning technology has supported such a dramatic growth and continues to provides inspiring resources for first year students (see McCabe, ICTMT-x, x = 3 … 8). Maple 12 and Matlab applications are provided in WebCT Vista with e-assessment questions delivered in QM Perception and MapleTA. This combination has been extremely effective in scaling up course delivery to ‘exponentially’ larger classes. In particular, the assessment of mathematical problem solving with reusable assessment objects has encouraged students to learn.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)222-227
Number of pages6
JournalTeaching Mathematics and its Applications
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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