Sigma - A new online learning system

by Alex Best, Undergraduate at University of Warwick

About this idea

Sigma will be a website that helps students of all degrees that involve Maths and Computer Science, from Economics to the principal sciences. Students can read through tutorials, then work through practice questions personalised for them.

Sigma’s key features are:
- Online tutorials
- Automatic question generation
- Mistake analysis
- Topic recommendations
- Easy to navigate skill tree
- Progression statistics

These all sounds useful but what exactly do we mean?

The site will comprise of a skill tree starting from college-level Maths and Computer Science, and as you advance in the tree you go further in detail and delve into complicated topics. These will all be covered by tutorials along with automatically generated questions to test you on the material you have covered. Not only this but our system will pick up and identify errors in a user's solution, to answer the very annoying question that a lot of students face, "where exactly have I gone wrong?". Whilst doing this it records common errors you make and works out which topics you are finding hard, using this information we tailor the learning to you by giving you more questions on these areas. Whilst progressing through the site the user will be able to look at the topics they have learnt and can track their progression, making the learning more personal and effective.

This site will also be useful for the casual learner who just wants to brush up on one small topic, as the progression system will not be mandatory and no registration will be required. This will allow students to get extra help and practice with techniques that they find hard during their course of study at university. Overall this will allow them to make progress with less hassle and improve their university experience.

The Team
Alex Best, Discrete Mathematics at University of Warwick
Jack Kirton, Computer Science at University of Warwick
Alex Wendland, Mathematics at University of Warwick
John Tringham, Discrete Mathematics at University of Warwick

The final deliverable for the project will be the finished web application to be expected by September 2013. This will entail a full suite of online tutorials, randomly generated questions to go with each tutorial as well as the mistake analysis system functional for all completed areas with questions. An end user will be able to register on the site and will have their own page complete with suggestions for topics and their individual progress statistics.