E-Learning Unit

The E-Learning Unit of the School of Mathematics & Statistics specializes in researching, developing and implementing electronic based materials for learning and assessment in mathematics, statistics and numeracy. This work is in the forefront of developments in the UK and the implementations are being used at Newcastle University for a wide range of numerate disciplines in Higher Education (HE):

  • business studies,
  • animal science,
  • engineering,
  • mathematics and statistics etc.  

The unit works and is linked with the major developers of open-source systems in the UK. All future developments are freely available to the HE community.

Find out more about our work:


A completely client-side approach to e-assessment and e-learning of mathematics and statistics
Bill Foster, Christian Perfect, and Anthony Youd International Journal of e-Assessment 2, 2012.

Barriers in integrating e-assessment into mathematics teaching and learning for first and second year students
Sally Barton, Bill Foster, Jeremy Livesley, and Michael McCabe Proceedings of the CETL-MSOR Conference 2011, Coventry University, 14–20, 2011.

Using computer based assessments in a large statistics service course
Lee Fawcett, Bill Foster, and Anthony Youd MSOR Connections 8, 45–48, 2008.

Using computer based assessment in first year mathematics and statistics degree courses at Newcastle University
Bill Foster MSOR Connections 7, 41–45, 2007.

Keeping control using computer aided assessment
Bill Foster MSOR Maths CAA Series, December 2004.

On-line teaching of mathematics and statistics
Bill Foster Teaching Mathematics and its Applications 22, 145–153, 2003.

Using a VLE for teaching foundation level mathematics and statistics
Bill Foster MSOR Maths CAA Series, October 2002.