An online course promoting wider access to university mathematics

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Abstract

In 2018, a new year 1 course, “Fundamentals of Algebra and Calculus” (FAC), was introduced at the University of Edinburgh to provide better support for incoming students with a range of mathematical backgrounds. The course is delivered online, interleaving textbook-style exposition with videos of worked examples, interactive applets, and practice questions implemented in the STACK assessment system. The design of the course incorporates aspects of educational theory such as specifications grading and the use of computer-aided assessment. We present statistical evidence of FAC removing an apparent attainment gap, and initial findings on students’ opinions on the design of the course.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics
EditorsRachel Marks
Chapter4
Number of pages6
Volume40
Edition1
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2020

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