Math Gateway testing
& Open resource

Mathematics Department
Tennessee Technological University


Date: May 24, 2007

In this website we explore the possibility of creating online test and review materials for 1000 level mathematics courses, and of making them accessible on line for teachers and students. The primary focus of this effort will be to develop online test (a) to identify what prerequisite mathematical skills students need for various entry level mathematics courses, and, once they are enrolled, (b) to ensure that students have learned the course materials and mastered routine skills.

Online test would cover routine skills as well as thought processes, and be presented as a ``barrier'' to his/her successful course completion if it is poorly performed by a student. It may be tried repeatedly without penalty as long as the student eventually completes it successfully, but the version of test is randomly generated at each attempt. The name ``gateway test'' was coined at their testing program (www.math.lsa.umich.edu/~meggin/gwydesc.html) by Mathematics Department, University of Michigan. University of Kentucky also offers a similar testing service through ``The Kentucky Early Mathematics Testing'' (KEMTP) at their website www.mathclass.org. Their testing service has been designed to ``provide on-line testing to help high school students determine their level of preparedness for learning mathematics at the college level.''

Open resource can be any form of online material and its content may be changed by anyone, promoting the open exchange of knowledge beyond the community of particular interest; a good place to witness this new phenomenon is Wikipedia. Other inspiring sites are, for example, Planet Math (for their LATEX-based wiki for mathematical content) and MIT open courseware (for their model of educational sharing). The Mathematical Association of America has recently started Math Gateway project, part of National STEM Digital Library, through which we expect to see more collaborative effort within the academic community.

Copyright. TTU Department of Mathematics, 2005, under the terms of GNU Free Documentation License. This website is designed to provide an experimental LATEX-based open-editing environment. Each page is generated via latex2html which will convert LATEX documents into HTML pages, and can be created and edited by anyone. Currently editing is restricted; ask mmachida@tntech.edu for password.





Department of Mathematics
Last modified: 2007-05-24