Towards practical learning using air quality monitors

Calvert, Carol and Warren, James (2024). Towards practical learning using air quality monitors. MSOR Connections, 22(2) pp. 4–11.



In this study, we explore the use of a low-cost air quality monitor as an experiment within a first year undergraduate statistics setting. The aim is to enhance student engagement and to provide a basis for both individual and group assessments. A pilot, during the summer months-of June-September 2023, involved 52 volunteer students who collected indoor and outdoor air quality data. The students shared their data and analytical insights. “Fun/enjoyment” was frequently mentioned in student feedback, suggesting this practical approach may improve student engagement.

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The paper describes a case study of Open University students using inexpensive air quality monitors to measure particulate matter under indoor and outdoor conditions.

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