—This paper reports a technology-aided learning
project where mobile phones were utilized to allow students
access to formative tests throughout an undergraduate
third-year Biology course for a semester. Short and diagnostic
tests were set up on the University’s online assessment server to
help students understand complex concepts at various stages of
their study. Students could have repeated attempts at these tests
anytime through either web browsers or apps on their mobile
phones and other mobile devices or any computers with
Internet access. Through analysis of the user statistics logged
on the server and student volunteers’ video learning diaries,
important insights were gained as to how students make use of
continuous self-assessments and personal mobile technology to
enhance their learning.
—Biology, formative assessment, mobile
technology, open access.
The authors are with the School of Biological Sciences, The University of
Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH9 3JR, UK (e-mail: Yuhua.Hu@ed.ac.uk,
Cite:Yuhua Hu and Maurice Gallagher, "Mobile-Aided Formative Assessment for an
Undergraduate Biology Course," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 3, no. 6, pp. 553-558, 2013.