Dr Dirk Hermans

Dr Dirk Hermans

School of Mathematics
Senior Lecturer

Contact details

School of Mathematics
Watson Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

My main current interests are with the new generation of computer aided assessment software. How can such software be used to engender an active engagement with the course material? How does computer aided assessment interact with the learning activity and can it contribute to the development of independent learners?

I have played a major part in the introduction of computer aided assessment, using the AiM system, in the core curriculum of the degree programmes.

I have been one of the nominees (from the University of Birmingham) for the National Teaching Fellowship.


  • Doctorate (PhD) in Mathematical Sciences (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, 1988)
  • Teaching Certificate for Secondary Education (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, 1982)


  • Linear Magnetohydrodynamics in the context of Solar Physics and Astrophysics
  • Computer aided assessment in Mathematics.



DFM Hermans. 2004. CAA in context: a case study, LTSN MSOR CAA Series. (Available at: http://ltsn.mathsorc.ac.uk/articles/maths-caa-series/)

DFM Hermans. 2003. Intelligent on-line assessment of mathematics using AIM (In Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Technology in Mathematics Teaching, T Triandafillidis, K Hatzikiriakou (Co-Editors), Volos, Greece, Greece, New Technologies Publications, 244-250, ISBN: 9609238408

DFM Hermans. 2002. Embedding Intelligent Web Based Assessment in a Mathematical Learning Environment (In ISSAC2002). Publication: 9030.