A Case Study of Formative Assessment Using Mobile Applications and Peripherals to Encourage ‘Real-Life’ Critical Analysis in the Biosciences

  • Daniel J Peart Northumbria University
  • Orrin J Fairhead University Centre, North Lindsey College
  • Keyleigh A Stamp University Centre, North Lindsey College
Keywords: Critical analysis, mobile technology, reflection, formative assessment, iPad


This paper shares a practice of encouraging critical analysis in science students by comparing mobile applications and peripherals to traditional tools to record physiological variables such as heart rate and blood pressure. A progressive series of case studies is described with learning outcomes mapped to the benchmark statement for Bioscience from the United Kingdom's Quality Assurance Agency. A student reflection and staff commentary of the practice is also offered.

Author Biography

Daniel J Peart, Northumbria University
Dr Daniel Peart is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Nutrition and Programme Leader for Applied Sport and Exercise Science at Northumbria University. At the time of the intervention he was Programme Leader for Biosciences at the University Centre, North Lindsey College.


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