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OMDT: Online Mathematics Diagnostic Tool Report – 2017

Sharma, Bibhya N. and Bali, Akeshnil and Fonolahi, Aluwesi V. (2017) OMDT: Online Mathematics Diagnostic Tool Report – 2017. [Professional and Technical Reports] (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    The University of the South Pacific (USP) is a regional multi-campus institution operating since 1968 populating its 14 campuses and 10 centers spread in its 12 member countries over an area of 30 million square kilometers of the Pacific Ocean. The university is constituted to make premium higher education available to all its member countries. However, together with factors such as the geographical spread of the member countries, English being the 2nd or even 3rd language, under qualified teachers, untrained teachers and lack of localized text, the non-uniform secondary school education of its students heavily impact the university’s aspiration of quality education for all. The latter invariably affects the student retention which currently averages around 70% at the first year level. To address this issue the Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) works to include effective and efficient pedagogical tools and technologies, mostly designing in-house so that these are customized and contextualized for its unique eduscape in the Pacific region. Students come to USP with different level of mathematics skills. Thus to ensure that students begin their first year degree courses on an equal platform, the University has developed the Online Mathematics Diagnostic Tool (OMDT) to bridge mathematics gaps from secondary to tertiary education. This is very important to the university as most of its courses require some knowledge of mathematics. This new cutting-edge pedagogical tool, timely diagnoses knowledge gaps of its first year students who come from different countries in the Pacific region, and based on their individual performances, it automatically directs students to relevant remedial and corrective measures. The tool has built-in certification, rewards through gamification, surveys and analytics, support mechanisms, and online remedial modules crafted into a complete package. Below is the summary of the 2017 Semester 1 OMDT (OMDT1 and OMDT2) result from different campus and Modules. Note that OMDT1 is for Science students and OMDT2 is for Non-Science students.

    Item Type: Professional and Technical Reports
    Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
    Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE)
    Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Computing, Information and Mathematical Sciences
    Depositing User: Aluwesi Fonolahi
    Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2018 14:24
    Last Modified: 11 Sep 2018 14:24
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/11010
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