IMAS Description

The main results of the project are:

  • An Statistical Analysis Gathering system to be able to draw the evolution of Maths learning in schools at levels EQF 1, 2 and 3.
  • A taxonomy of Maths knowledge will be developed to categorize the 24 questionnaires developed in all the project languages to run the Baseline tests (BLT).
  • The technical environment to run the BLT is moodle.

Performing the Statistical Analysis of the “big data”. This means collecting the data running BLTs; organize the results to be analyse; and create reports to show the results and conclusions, and aggregated results showing national and European results Create a repository with maths resources categorized using the taxonomy developed. There are two types of OERs in it. 600 resources available in Internet, and 30 interactive resources developed by the project in HTML5 and SCORM format using Storyline 360. The areas of the resources to include will come from the results of the BLTs. Dealing with the Pedagogical Strategy of teaching maths, and totally related with teachers, the project creates a guidance system to select resources (from the repository) to use with their students depending on the results on the BLT related with their levels and with the areas they need to work more deeply. They will also have a In-service e-training programme to learn which active methodologies they can use to teach maths and how Finally, there will be a project eLearning Platform which will be used by all the other results, and where all those results will be available, with a Creative Commons licence, to be used during and after the project is finished.

So in this project the focus is on the integration of new pedagogical methods, technical infrastructure and business methods associated with the contemporary internet disruptive innovation and evidence based pedagogy. Statistic data provides very clear opportunities to contextualise improved learning through empirical research and we have a proven method of doing this that can scale at low cost to every country in Europe. Activities are focused on collecting evidence from testing what children know and understand about maths before and after formal teaching. In order to take this beyond simple empirical data collection on a large scale we will provide the support and infrastructure for free to enable learning and hence improvement in knowledge, understanding and skills. There will be progression routes for students to gain new qualifications, nationally accredited, directly referenced to levels in the EQF, and supporting ECVET and EQARF principles. The associated training and guidance for teachers will have a multiplying effect and can be extended to all STEM subjects.

The project management is based on the principles of Prince2. The pedagogical method is assessment based on learning outcomes and competence based criteria supported by comprehensive open source collaborative technologies running in the Cloud. This is complemented by online exams to provide grading. All are OERs and provided with free Creative Commons licence.