#EDEN14 spatial abilities: a group of basic workplace skills developed through geogebra 3D

Andrea Karpati, ELTE, Hungary; Budai Laszlo, Debrecen University

New ways of assessing spatial skills. Hard to test in 2D on paper. Better tools for digital creation offer potential for more effective design and teaching of 3D issues, eg iPads art lab app. Tests now developed for schoolchildren across disciplines including art design and art history. Have produced an online adaptive test environment which is free and easy for schools to use, provides immediate and personalised feedback and is used in 3 main domains: reading, maths and science and 14 other skills and competences. Wide variety of item types with sound, image, video and animation: geogebra integration, with a voiceover for slower readers with responses given in different forms, eg marking, clicking, entering text, pairing text and picture, etc.

Many students are not visual thinkers, so this software can be very helpful and reduces guesswork. Used by almost 1million users each month across nearly 200 countries. Used to support mathematical concepts that are harder to describe with texts, has led to improvements in mathematical understanding. Also looked at whether it can be used for more creative tasks. Qus about which tests can be adapted for online use, whether it can be an effective way of testing and what a minimum age for is approach is (suggest 10 years ok, perhaps younger), how to rule out other competences eg verbal reasoning as having a positive impact in results rather than spatial abilities.




About sharonslade

Dr Sharon Slade is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Business and Law at the Open University in the UK working to support both tutors and students on Open University distance learning modules and programmes. Her research interests encompass ethical issues in learning analytics and online learning and tuition. Project work includes the development of a student support framework to improve retention and progression and the development of a university wide tool for tracking students and triggering relevant and targeted interventions. She led the development of new policy around the ethical use of learning analytics within the Open University, UK.
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