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OMDT: Online Mathematics Diagnostic Tool Report – 2018

Bali, Akeshnil and Sharma, Bibhya N. and Fonolahi, Aluwesi V. (2019) OMDT: Online Mathematics Diagnostic Tool Report – 2018. [Professional and Technical Reports] (Unpublished)

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Educationists have had the chance to reach to a large scale audience in a more effective and efficient way through the fast development in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Various tools and technologies are created to educate different individuals belonging from many cultural and social backgrounds. “The Faculty of Science Technology and Environment at The University of The South Pacific (USP) had designed an Online Mathematics Diagnostic Tool (OMDT) for all its first year undergraduate students to bridge the gaps in areas of mathematics. This OMDT is a unique project and is the first of its kind to be implemented in the South Pacific. It allows students to do their tests online from anywhere around the university campuses and as well as from their homes using laptops, smart phones, tablets with internet connectivity. The major function of OMDT is to provide an early indication as to which students lack behind in their skills of mathematics and provide help such as remedial. Mathematics is part of everyday life, and proved beneficial for students undertaking both science and non-science courses at the University as well. Furthermore, OMDT consisted of two parts whereby the first part is online test and the second part is remedial if the need aroused. In addition, the test is a multiple choice based test consisting of 40 questions from the five topics namely: Algebra, Function, Differentiation, Statistics and Probability. The test has a time limit of 75 minutes, once a student passed, he/she was required to fill in a ‘students’ feedback questionnaire’ after which they received their certificates. The students were then immediately notified of their results, once a student failed a particular module they were required to do the remedial for that particular module. OMDT placed every student at the same level. These two units are a great example where mathematics was vital for students to successfully pass their units. Mathematics was also an entry requirement for students coming from secondary school to tertiary institute such as USP.

Item Type: Professional and Technical Reports
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics
Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Computing, Information and Mathematical Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE)
Depositing User: Akeshnil Bali
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2021 22:32
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2021 22:32

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