Dr Dwi Rahmawati, MPd; Ira Vahlia MPd; and Mustika, MKom, Universitas Muhammadiyah Metro (UM Metro) lecturers, developed an application “Socrates-Based Linear Algebra” for students. The application development became a collaboration result between UM Metro and Universitas Lampung (Unila). Ira Vahlia mentioned that currently, the developmental process has implemented the research in 3 different universities, including UM Metro, Universitas Muhammadiyah Jakarta (UMJ), and Universitas Negeri Tanjungpura (Untan), Kalimantan. “The research involves Mathematics department students of UM Metro, UMJ, and Untan. Meanwhile, UM Metro and Unila become observers in the field surveys,” said Ira in a statement, Wednesday (16/06).
Dwi Rahmawati also explained that her team tried to observe the implementation of an application to learn algebra in classes. She assumed that students would enjoy the learning process through the apps. The apps could stimulate critical thinking in the students. “Especially in the module, we put questions based on Socrates that lead the students in constructing knowledge to adapt in rapid development,” said the Algebra lecturer.
On the other hand, Mustika, an IT expert, estimated their application is convenient to use and suitable for Millenials. “The application is user-friendly, so the app is easy to use. The multimedia basis makes the app suitable for the current generation and makes it fun for learning Mathematics,” said Mustika, a Computer Science lecturer.
Aligned with the statement, Dona Fitriawan MPd, one of the users in Untan, explained that the application could establish learning goals in the classroom. “The module is arranged based on Socratic methods that emphasize critical thinking in Mathematics. The app is clear, concise, and can stimulate the students to think critically,” Dona said.  CHERD / UMMetro