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    The impact of a monitoring scheme on engagement in an online course


    Burke, Grainne and Mac an Bhaird, Ciaran and O'Shea, Ann (2012) The impact of a monitoring scheme on engagement in an online course. Teaching Mathematics and its Applications, 31. pp. 191-198. ISSN 0268-3679

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    Abstract

    In the National University of Ireland Maynooth, in-coming first-year mathematics students are given a diagnostic test. The purpose of this test is to measure their basic knowledge and manipulation skills in mathematics. Those who fail this test are deemed at risk of failing their mathematics modules and are enrolled in a supplementary online mathematics proficiency course. In this article, we give a brief overview of the development of this course. We focus on the issue of student engagement with the course and the steps we have taken to address their levels of engagement; in particular, we have monitored student activity in the online course and contacted students whose engagement levels were low. We also present an analysis of the impact of this course on students’overall grades.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is a Postprint version of an article accepted for publication in Teaching mathematics and its applications following peer review. The version of record The impact of a monitoring scheme on engagement in an online course Burke G., Macan Bhaird C., O'Shea A. (2012) Teaching Mathematics and its Applications, 31 (4) , art. no. hrs010 , pp. 191-198. is available online at doi: 10.1093/teamat/hrs010. © The Author 2012. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. All rights reserved. For permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com
    Keywords: monitoring scheme; student engagement; third level; online course; mathematics;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Mathematics and Statistics
    Item ID: 5393
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1093/teamat/hrs010
    Depositing User: Ciaran Mac an Bhaird
    Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2014 16:04
    Journal or Publication Title: Teaching Mathematics and its Applications
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Refereed: Yes
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