Numbas is an open-source system developed by the e-Learning Unit of Newcastle University's School of Maths and Stats, based on many years of use, experience and research into e-assessment.
It's aimed at numerate disciplines.
It creates SCORM-compliant exams which run entirely in the browser, compatible with VLEs such as Blackboard and Moodle.
- Scalable, reliable and accessible to a broad range of users.
- Good at maths, but usable for other subjects too.
- Good-looking and easy for students to use.
- Used by question authors who aren't experts.
- Emphasis on creating rich formative e-assessment and learning materials.
- Feedback an important part of the design and implementation.
Why use Numbas?
- Easy to obtain, use and tailor to your own requirements.
- You have full control over the creation, use and dissemination of assessment.
- Customisable everywhere, from appearance down to core functionality.
- Browser-based so you can include all that the web can offer.
- Sustainability built in - fully supported by the School of Maths and Stats at Newcastle.
Integration with a VLE
- Numbas can use the SCORM standard to integrate with compliant VLEs, such as Moodle and Blackboard.
- Or there's a Basic LTI tool provider which works better than most SCORM implementations.
- Or you can use it without a VLE.
- At Newcastle in the Maths and Stats degree, and many service courses.
- 100+ universities in the UK and around the world.
The mathcentre editor
- Open to everyone.
- Over 1,000 questions available to use.
- Collect ready-made questions into a custom test, or write your own.
Task 1: Create a test using existing questions.
- Register at numbas.mathcentre.ac.uk.
- Browse the question bank. Try a few questions.
- Add some questions to your "basket", and create an exam using them.
- Upload your exam to Blackboard.