Part of a Project Funded by a UC Teaching Grant

Malcolm Brooks, Mary Hewett, Andrew Norton

Abstract


Socrates delivers fully typeset multiple choice mathematical quizzes over the World Wide Web. The student interface offers interactive, unit specific quizzes and a choice of ‘tutorial’ or ‘test’ mode. (Tutorial mode gives diagnostic responses to incorrect answers.) The lecturer interface currently provides for the preparation and editing of quizzes. A student record keeping system is still to be fully developed. Both interfaces incorporate a collation and printing facility.

Socrates uses the free IBM plug-in, Techexplorer, to display LaTeX-typeset documents, and can be viewed using a number of different platforms, including PC’s and UNIX boxes.

Student response to Socrates has so far been positive, particularly with respect to the diagnostic responses.

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