Citizen Maths is a free open online course,
primarily for adults who want to improve their grasp of maths at level 2. And it’s also aimed
at organisations who’ve got people – they might students; they might be employees – who
need to improve their maths. So, let’s see what happens when I drop it now and see if
the boxes balance. And they do balance. Citizen Maths really can add value to colleges like
mine, but also other learning providers, and particularly employers who are looking to
support their workforce skills, which obviously includes maths, as a key employability skill.
Like me, you’ll probably be frustrated at the length of time your mobile phone battery
lasts. If the average use continues, how long will the battery last? The course is designed
according to some important principles that are supported by research. We’ve made it so
that it relates to the way that you experience everyday life. In this Powerful Idea in Action,
we’re going to look at a range of game scenarios where chance has a part to play. The Powerful
Ideas are built around things that you’ll encounter within your working environment,
for example, or in terms of what you might need to do within your home and family. We
made the priority that the mathematics would be seen as useful and relevant, but also interesting.
At the time of the forecast, the probability of rain was 10%. But I wonder, have you ever
thought what that actually means? It’s easy to engage with, and I think the most significant
benefit is that it develops maths for people who are not maths people, if you like. I thought
the format was very attractive, and I thought the interface and the way it was set up was
very easy to use. It’s free. It’s flexible. You can dip in, dip out. You can go back,
have a look again at things. You can afford to make mistakes until you feel confident.
You’re also faced with the opportunity to do quizzes and purpose-built apps that we’ve
developed. The topics covered are real-life topics, so that people can actually get a
grasp of maths and become familiar with how it’s actually used on a day-to-day basis.
Depending on who you are as a learner, there’s between 25 and 50 or 60 total of study hours.
We think we’ve got a novel approach that might be just for you. Citizen Maths was created
by Calderdale College, the Institute of Education, and the awarding body OCR. It’s been funded
by the Ufi Charitable Trust.