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“Transitioning to e-assessment in Mathematics Education” is a project funded by the NATIONAL FORUM FOR THE ENHANCEMENT OF TEACHING AND LEARNING IN HIGHER EDUCATION through the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund 2014.


It is a joint initiative between University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology. The main project aim is to leverage the potential of NUMBAS (online assessment tool - University of Newcastle) to construct localized formative e-assessment for first year service Mathematics and Statistics courses at UCC and CIT. The project focuses on the implementation and evaluation of this Mathematics e-assessment tool.


Numbas has been developed at the University of Newcastle. It is actively maintained, freely available, and easy for students to work with straightaway. Numbas allows students to input mathematical formulae easily and creates a similar but different question for each student. It gives students instant feedback and also interacts with Learning Management Systems like Blackboard and Moodle automatically correcting and inputting student results


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Goals of the project: ​

  • Improve student engagement​
  • Improve student understanding and appreciation of mathematics​
  • Improve student core mathematics skills​
  • Manage lecturer workload​
  • Strengthen relationship between Maths @UCC and Maths @CIT. ​



University College Cork

  • Tom Carroll (
  • Kieran Mulchrone (

Cork Institute of Technology

  • Áine Ní Shé (
  • Julie Crowley (