eLearning Innovations and Partnerships in
Science and Engineering (eLIPSE)

Getset is a non-assessable competencies quiz for incoming First Year students at university to raise students’ awareness of academic expectations and alert them to gaps in their knowledge. Getset measures a number of cognitive and non-cognitive factors shown to be significant predictors of academic success and provides individualised feedback to students.

How does it work?

The quiz focuses on Mathematics, Physics/Mechanics, and Chemistry.  Upon completion students receive an individual matrix report showing their knowledge mapped against the prerequisite knowledge for a number of courses.  They also receive suggestions for learning resources and support sessions to help them get a good start.

Academics teaching first year course receive aggregated results for the entire cohort to aid preparation.

Project team/Contacts
Title First Name Last Name Affiliation Role
in ​the project
Professor Lydia Kavanagh Faculty of Science Lead CI l.kavanagh@uq.edu.au
​+61 7 3365 4264
Dr Liza O'Moore Faculty of EAIT/ School of Civil Engineering Lead CI l.omoore@uq.edu.au ​
+61 7 3365 3899
Mr Michael Jennings School of Mathematics and Physics Lead CI msj@maths.uq.edu.au
​​+61 7 3365 3255
      eLIPSE Software development team elipse@eait.uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 68018

Project Status

The project is complete but an upgrade to a new platform is schedculed for 2022. The tool is being used across disciplines at UQ. 


If you would like to run a Getset quiz, you can link to the demo site here.  When creating a new account, your username should commence with uq, followed by up to 6 characters.  The email address should be your username plus @uq.edu.au.  Having set a password, you can then log in to the demo site.

Technologies Used

Drupal, JavaScript, PHP


Lydia Kavanagh and Liza O'Moore. Get set for success: Using online self-assessments to motivate first year engineering students to engage in and manage their learning (2012–2013). Funded by Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT).

Michael Jennings. Not just Another Diagnostic Test!  Extending Get Set resources into new contexts under the Promotion of Excellence in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education programme (2014–2015). Funded by an Office of Learning and Teaching Extension Grant.

Material for this quiz came from the following sources:

  • CHEM I Chemistry Inventory I (Jim Birk, Foundation Coalition) 
  • CHEM II Chemistry Inventory II (Jim Birk, Foundation Coalition) 
  • Thermodynamics Concept Inventory (Clark Midkiff, Foundation Coalition) 
  • Adams, P., Jennings, M. & O'Moore, L. (The University of Queensland), MATH1050 Entry Skills Survey/Quiz, Semester 1, 2007 
  • Gurgenci, H. (The University of Queensland) Engineering 1010 Module 1 Introduction 
  • Halloun, I., Hake, R. & Masca, E. (1955) Force Concept Inventory (Mechanics Survey) revised version, (From Hestenes, D., Wells, M.M. & Swackhamer, G., 1992, The Physics Teacher, March) 
  • Kavanagh, L., O’Moore, L. & Samuelowicz, K. (2009), Characterising the first year cohort knowledge. Proceedings of the 2009 Australasian Association of Engineering Education Conference, Adelaide 6-9 December 2009.
  • Lawrie, G. (The University of Queensland) Diagnostic Survey: Your Prior chemistry experience before beginning this course (CHEM1030) 2008.
  • Mulford, D. & Robinson, W. (Purdue University) An Inventory for Alternative Conceptions among First-Semester General Chemistry Students (From Mulford, D. & Robinson, W. (2002) An Inventory of Alternate Conceptions among First Semester General Chemistry Students. J. Chemical Education, 79 (6)) 
  • Shallcross, D. (The University of Melbourne) Material & Energy Balance Concept (Version3 2/2007) 
  • Shallcross, D. (The University of Melbourne) ESD2 CONCEPT Inventory 2009.
  • Smaill, Rowe G. and Godfrey, E. (2008) What do they know? An entry-level test for electricity.  Proceedings of the Australasian Association of Engineering Education Conference. Yepoon, Australia.  2008.
  • Thornton, R. & Sokoloff, D. (1998), Assessing student learning of Newton’s laws: The force and motion conceptual evaluation and evaluation of active learning laboratory and lecture curricula. American Association of Physics Teachers, pp. 338-352