A MOOC for Adult Learners of Mathematics and Statistics: Tensions and Compromises in Design
There are many adults with low mathematical/statistical knowledge who would like to enhance that understanding. There are insufficient teachers to respond to the level of need and so innovative solutions must be found. In the UK, the Ufi Charitable Trust has funded a project to develop a free open online course to offer motivated adults access to powerful ideas. We reflect on the tensions and compromises that emerged during its design. More specifically, referring to data collected from users, we consider the challenge of developing resources that will support heterogeneous students from unknown backgrounds, who may have already been failed by the conventional educational system and who will have no interactive tutor support within this course.
KeywordsCitizen Maths Familiar situations Learning Powerful ideas Purpose Utility
We also wish to acknowledge the Ufi Charitable Trust who funded the work to develop the Citizen Maths course.
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