Towards practical learning using air quality monitors


  • Carol Calvert Open University
  • James Warren Open University



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.

Author Biographies

Carol Calvert, Open University

School of Mathematics and  Statistics. Senior lecturer 

James Warren, Open University

School of Engineering and Innovation. Senior Lecturer


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