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Can Technology Help in Mathematical Assessments? A Review of Computer Aided Assessment of Mathematics

Peter Kloosterman and Tracey L. J. Warren

Computer Aided Assessment of Mathematics focuses on assessment in college mathematics courses with a special focus on computer-based assessment as a means of providing partial credit and immediate feedback on student work. Written by Chris Sangwin, a senior lecturer in mathematics at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, the book is an important resource for mathematicians or software developers interested in understanding the promise and the pitfalls of using computers to assess student work in college courses. Each chapter of the book addresses a different issue so readers have the option of reading most of them out of order or selecting the chapters that are most valuable to them. Thus, in addition to describing Sangwin's perspectives on teaching and assessing mathematics, this review is designed to help readers decide which chapters in the book will be useful to them.

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Brief Report: The Instructor Experience of Fully Online Tertiary Mathematics: A Challenge and an Opportunity

Sven Trenholm, Lara Alcock, and Carol Robinson

As part of a dramatic recent shift in tertiary education, many undergraduate students now learn mathematics via fully online courses. At present, the mathematics education research community knows very little about this shift, and in this report, we consider implications of an investigation into the instructor experience of fully online undergraduate mathematics courses. To compare instructor experiences of fully online and face-to-face teaching, we explored assessment schemes, feedback processes, and approaches to teaching using a survey and semistructured interviews. The main emergent theme was instructor concern about the loss of short-cycle face-to-face human interaction. We argue that this concern is serious but should be seen as an opportunity for education researchers to leverage knowledge about effective mathematics teaching to simultaneously alleviate instructors' difficulties and promote and study pedagogical development.

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Volume 45 (2014): Issue 4 (Jul 2014)

45 45 4 4 497 497 533 533 jresematheduc.45.4.0497 10.5951/jresematheduc.45.4.0497 Can Technology Help in Mathematical Assessments? A Review of Computer Aided Assessment of Mathematics Kloosterman Peter 1 Warren Tracey L. J. 1 07 2014 45 45 4 4 534

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Student Positioning in Mathematics Assessment Research: A Critical Review

Juuso Henrik Nieminen, Anette Bagger, Alexis Padilla, and Paulo Tan

& Libraries Journal , 26 ( 2 ), 91 – 108 . *Greenhow , M. ( 2015 ). Effective computer-aided assessment of mathematics: Principles, practice and results . Teaching Mathematics and its Applications , 34