In semester 1 this year an assignment was introduced to MATH1031 Mathematics for Life Sciences to help improve the feedback that students get on their mathematical writing and give them practice with incorporating mathematics in a typed document.  Feedback on this assignment was provided by tutors, using the turnitin grademark interface, and by peers using the Moodle workshop tool.

The assignment came in three parts.  The first part involved reviewing a video showing how topics from the course were used by practitioners from their chosen discipline.  In the second part, students had to present typed answers to a unique pair of questions presented by Maple TA and were allowed to check their calculations before submission.  Finally, students had to assess and rank their own work and that of their peers, and in doing so were asked to think critically about what constitutes clear mathematical exposition.

To allow tutors to spend time marking the assignment, basic skills, that were previously assessed in written class tests and marked by hand, were instead assessed with supervised electronic class tests in the Red-Centre labs.

In this seminar I will discuss the motivations behind these changes, how it was implemented and how well it achieved its aim


Jonathan Kress

Research Area

School of Mathematics and Statistics, UNSW


Thu, 13/10/2016 - 4:00pm


School of Mathematics and Statistics UNSW, Staff Common Room, RC-3082, (Red centre building)