Teaching software helps Dutch students achieve 95 per cent pass rate

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Engineering students at the Polytechnical Institute of Noordelijke Hogeschool Leeuwarden in Holland (NHL) have benefited from using the Maple TA educational software, with a 95 per cent pass rate for their course.

Math teacher Metha Kamminga, who helped introduce the system, said: ‘Results of the final tests were very disappointing five years ago, but have now improved significantly….. [it is] very inspiring and motivating.’

The software teaches students how to use precise mathematical structures. It provides instantaneous feedback and uses Maple’s advanced mathematical engine. In addition to a higher pass rate, analysis also showed students preceded through the course at a faster rate and looked at topics in much more depth.

In the past, Kamminga would spend the weekends marking paper tests. ‘I am now like a “virtual teacher” who is always around the students when they work, but I get my Sunday mornings free!’