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[CALL] Computer-Based Math(s) Module - Self-Study - Beta Testing

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Dear community,

At computerbasedmaths.org (CBM) we are continually striving to broaden the audience of students that can experience learning through problem solving in a computer-based environment. With ongoing updates to the Wolfram Cloud, we are now in a position to adapt our desktop-teacher-centred delivery into self-study-browser delivery. To this end we have taken the CBM module ‘Are girls better at maths?’ and removed the teacher functionalities and put in optional video inserts to assist the learner as required.

We would like to gather data on whether students of age 11-18 of any ability can follow the content (with or without parental support) and whether the structure of video introduction and follow-up review to each modality is something that works for them. If there are no students available, feedback from adults is also useful even if the content is already understood. It would be helpful to know how applicable the approach would be to adults and the types of adaptations we would need to make for this audience.

Please send feedback using the form at the end of the module.

To access the module, please visit: https://wolfr.am/CBM-SelfStudy

Expected duration to complete the module if learning this for the first time would be between 1 and 3 hours.

Please pass this on to students you know to have a go during the school break, give them the opportunity to learn real-world skills that are often missed in mainstream education. Any questions or general suggestions, please ask in comments below.

Many thanks,

Alec Titterton, CBM Development Manager


Issues we are aware of and working on:

  • Moving to a new slide is not automatically scrolled up to the top.
  • Answers are not retained between sessions.
  • Chapter review page backgrounds are white, they should be coloured.
  • Sidebars- Circled letters are slightly misaligned and don’t have their explanatory tooltips (D = Define the question; A = Abstract to computable form; C = Compute; I = Interpret)
  • 4-step bars have cell dingbat formatting issues.
  • Navigation menu has slight text formatting issues in the styled chapter headings

Functionality we are considering:

  • Adding a human tutor remotely (but asynchronously) to review text answers and assess projects.
  • Accreditation for completion and certification.

How long is the page going to stay up?

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