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Title: Dr Amanda Cain, Ms Charmian Dawson and Professor Elizabeth Shephard


1
Getting it right on-line formative assessment of
numeracy skills
  • Dr Amanda Cain, Ms Charmian Dawson and Professor
    Elizabeth Shephard
  • Structural and Molecular Biology
  • University College London

2
Aims of the project
  • To assess the underlying numerical abilities of
    students within our second year course
  • To improve these skills
  • To support development of ability and confidence
    in solving numerical problems

3
Numeracy question from examination paper
4
Relationship between A level grades and numeracy
score
5
Pre-Practical Quizzes
  • Completion required prior to attendance in lab
  • Short series of questions on moodle - theoretical
    and numerical
  • Pass mark of at least 60
  • First trialled in second year Molecular Biology

6
Support for numerical questions
  • Numeracy helplines
  • Practice quizzes
  • Answer files
  • Videos

7
Numeracy Helplines
  • Designed by students
  • Simple explanations
  • Equations to memorise
  • Worked examples

8
Numeracy helplines
9
Weight/Volume solutions (w/v)
10
Help line usage
11
Practice quizzes
12
Practice quizzes
  • 193 students on course
  • 302 separate attempts
  • Over 200 views of the answer files

13
Videos
14
Video files
15
Advantages of on-line support resources
  • Used at anytime and repeatedly
  • Regular practice of numerical concepts
  • No fear of embarrassment
  • Immediate results/feedback
  • Helps us to identify areas of weakness which
    require additional support

16
Comparison of equivalent questions on molarity
and percentage solutions
17
Analysis of numerical results
18
Student feedback
19
Summary
  • Continued practice at numerical problems has had
    a positive effect
  • The support materials are appropriate and well
    utilised
  • Thanks to UCL for funding the creation of our
    support materials
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