IJSSH 2013 Vol.3(6): 553-558 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2013.V3.302

Mobile-Aided Formative Assessment for an Undergraduate Biology Course

Yuhua Hu and Maurice Gallagher
Abstract—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.

Index Terms—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, mgallagh@staffmail.ed.ac.uk)

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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.

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