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The Online Mathematics Diagnostic Test at USP: A Tool to Identify Numeracy Gap

Kumar, Ramitesh and Sharma, Bibhya N. and Jokhan, Anjeela D. (2015) The Online Mathematics Diagnostic Test at USP: A Tool to Identify Numeracy Gap. [Conference Proceedings]

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The Curriculum - Bridging gap between secondary level education and tertiary level is a major problem which is always unnoticed by many Universities. The Faculty of Science Technology and Environment at the University of the South Pacific has designed an Online Mathematics Diagnostic Test (OMDT) for all its first year undergraduate students to bridge the gap in areas of Mathematics. Many universities issue mathematical diagnostic tests to incoming first-year students, covering a range of basic concepts which the students are supposed to bring with them from their secondary school of studies. It provides an early indication of which students are likely to need additional help (online remedial), and hopefully encourage such students to take advantage of extra support mechanisms at an early stage before the hardcore university studies begins. However, it is not clear that students recognize these intentions and there is a fear that students who score poorly in the test will have their confidence further damaged in relation to mathematics and will be reluctant to seek help. Thus this paper showcases the extend of OMDT designed for new students at USP and the offering of remedial through the eLearning Platform with the detailed analysis of the research carried out with its implementation.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Computing, Information and Mathematical Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE)
Depositing User: Aluwesi Fonolahi
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2016 21:59
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2017 21:53

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