Speaker: Sam Kault
Affiliation: University of Queensland

Abstract

MATH1051 - Calculus & Linear 1 - typically has a high failure rate, especially in summer semester. Extra resources are offered to students in this course, but these are under-utilised by those who really need them. Over the past two summers, I've experimented with a system of "Competency Tests." Under this arrangement, students were set clear expectations about the precise skills they need to pass the course, but were given the chance to try again if they fell short. Detailed feedback was given after each attempt, in time to revise for the next. This system saw increased engagement by poor-performing students, and a higher overall pass rate. In this talk, I reflect on my experience with competency tests, and discuss their pros and cons.

The talk will be recorded. All welcome! Delicious virtual treats may be provided.

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Venue

Zoom address: https://uqz.zoom.us/j/88176815094