Going mobile: Students taking numeracy skills with them
Students using mobile technologies to access numeracy course (Photo by Anna Zhu)
Dr Keiko Yasukawa is introducing mobile device resources to increase accessibility and interaction in the Adult Literacy and Numeracy course.
What the project is about
Mobile resources are being developed to improve adult numeracy student-teacher skills and approaches to teaching and learning mathematics.
The interactive materials include video tutelage, numeracy education websites and applications. Made available on mobile devices including smart phones, tablets, laptops, and UTSOnline, Dr Yasukawa hopes that the subject content's accessibility encourages peer evaluation and discussion.
Why the project is being introduced
Student-teachers need to be able to have the confidence and effective approaches to do the following:
At a recent language, literacy and numeracy forum it was discovered that:
From these insights, Dr Yasukawa wanted to create an engaging, interactive and technological learning aid for numeracy student-teachers to easily access in between their block-mode sessions.
Adult numeracy is imperative on a national scale, and while UTS remains a forerunner in the field for providing higher education qualifications, and contributions in policy and research, competition is starting to emerge. Dr Yasukawa wants to maintain UTS’ stance and reputation in being current, relevant and future-oriented in the field of literacy and numeracy education.
How the project is being implemented
The mobile resources are being developed to provide a targeted and custom-made cross-platform application, and to develop a prototype for digital media enriched learning. The resources take form in:
Black, S. & Yasukawa, K. (2011). Working together: Integrated language, literacy and numeracy support in vocational education and training, Sydney, UTS.
Australian Government Productivity Commission. A Profile of literacy and numeracy skills in Australia.
Lyons, J. (2012). Learning with technology: Theoretical foundations underpinning simulations in higher education. La Trobe University.
Maldonado, R. (2011). The use of multimedia clinical case scenario software in a problem-based learning course: Impact on faculty workload and student learning outcomes. The Journal of Physician Assistant Education. Volume 22, No 3.