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March 16, 2006

Pi in the Sky?

Follow-up to Come to lunch … from Computer-aided assessment for sciences

Around 30 of us joined forces on Tuesday (World Pi Day){}^\pi

in search of the CAA Grail, a package that truly delivers all the assessment needs of scientists and mathematicians. Our quest may have fallen short, the chalice may have been chimerical, but we travelled hopefully in the company of Maple TA, WeBWorK, STACK and Mathletics, and I will discuss them each in turn in later blogs.

Meanwhile, here are some snaps of the fine company.

{}^\pi"World Pi Day" on 3/14 (transatlantic terminology) was celebrated by no less an authority that Radio Four's Today Programme. Marcus du Sautoy kept things in proportion by misremembering pi's third decimal digit and telling John Humphrys that, had humans evolved with four digits on each hand, we would probably have been celebrating the occasion three days earlier — in base 8 notation \pi=3.1103755242...

February 20, 2006

Come to lunch …

… on Tuesday, 14th March in the Mathematics Institute. In fact, why not come a bit earlier and/or stay a bit later for the Computer-Aided Assessment Demo Day.
Kew Orchid
The emphasis of this workshop is on assessment in Science and other maths-related subjects. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Maple TA — in theory (Adept Science) and in practice (Michael McCabe)

  • STACK — reaches parts of the cerebral cortex other CAA software cannot reach

  • Mathletics — with intelligent feedback for the fuller learning experience

  • SEXPOT — we all deserve a fair share of the marks

  • Maths Fit — will help your students to prepare

The full programme can be downloaded here.

Free lunch? Of course, there's no such thing, unless you are a speaker or on the home team. It will cost 6 for a light buffet and drinks. I need to know how many to cater for, so it would help greatly if you could sign up here.


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