NUMBAS Online Assessment – an Introduction to Creating Exams and Resources and Editing Questions

Docherty, F. , Petrie, E. and Lawson-Perfect, C. (2021) NUMBAS Online Assessment – an Introduction to Creating Exams and Resources and Editing Questions. 14th Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, Glasgow, UK, 18 Jun 2021.

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Numbas is an open-source e-assessment system aimed at mathematics and other numerate disciplines. It generates SCORM 2004-compliant, self-contained assessment packages.’ ( It is freely available, has Moodle integration, works on phones and tablets as well as computers, has strong randomization and maths presentation/calculation capabilities and can include videos, images and interactive diagrams. It was originally developed for use in undergraduate degree courses in mathematics. See here for frequently asked questions: The workshop presenters are Elizabeth Petrie (using Numbas for 2 years for maths assessment in Geographical & Earth Sciences), Frances Docherty and other members of the School of Chemistry (Numbas users in Chemistry, including lab and smart worksheet development) and Christian Lawson-Perfect (Numbas developer and e-Learning officer at Newcastle University). The Numbas documentation is generally good – this workshop will provide an opportunity to ask questions while trying out first steps, and ask the expert about possibilities relating to your interests. The workshop will begin with a short introduction, then the students will have the opportunity to move to different facilitated spaces: 1) tech acclimatisation and any Numbas login troubleshooting, and a demonstration of what a simple test looks like. 2) ‘setting up my first exam’ using existing questions created by the presenters which illustrate the range of Numbas possibilities and downloading the exam for Moodle integration. 3) creating or editing your own question and ‘can Numbas do X?’ We would expect students to progress from one room to another during the workshop, but at different rates. There will be advance registration and a numbers cap for the workshop, with a question on any previous experience and individual learning goals, so the spaces may be tweaked depending on interest.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Docherty, Dr Frances and Petrie, Dr Elizabeth
Authors: Docherty, F., Petrie, E., and Lawson-Perfect, C.
Subjects:Q Science > QD Chemistry
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry

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