Basic arithmetic forms the foundation of the math courses that students will face in their undergraduate careers. It is therefore crucial that students have a solid understanding of these fundamental concepts. At an open- access university offering both two-year and four-year degrees, incoming freshmen who were identified as lacking in basic arithmetic skills were engaged in an experimental technology-enhanced workshop designed to provide them with a deeper understanding of arithmetic prior to their initial remedial coursework. Customized online content was created specifically for this experiment, and the first implementation (n=27) yielded statistically significant improvement, not only from pretest to post- test, but also in the subsequent remedial course. This paper also analyzes the accuracy of students’ self-assessment from pre-test to post-test, as well as student attitudes about this experimental approach.
Parker, K. A. (2016). A modularized tablet-based approach to preparation for remedial mathematics. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 47(8), 1244-1260.