Today was training day! We met in the Learning Center and we were joined by members of staff from across the College, who were also interested in learning Maple TA.
We were given an overview of where the product could be useful within undergraduate teaching. We were then let loose playing with Maple TA, looking at sample questions and learning how to create various types of questions such as multiple choice, numerical, Maple graded, etc. We were assisted by our supervisors and PhD students from the Theoretical Physics group, who already have some experience with Maple TA.
Lunch time was spent at the Guild of Students, where some of us made time for some juggling practice!
In the afternoon we had a go at some more complicated examples covered in the course notes. We have also looked into a method of solving a frequently occurring problem in the year 1 Maths questions: when the answer is a trigonometric function, writing it in exponential form would sometimes result in it being marked as wrong.
The initial impression is that the system is very user friendly.
At the end of the day we took our first group photo. We think we all quite suit the windswept look!
~ Helen and Edna