NIACE publishes Maths App code for Open Education Week11 March 2014
NIACE is marking the third annual Open Education Week (10-15 March 2014) – which celebrates the global Open Education Movement, raising awareness of its impact on teaching and learning worldwide – by publishing the code and content of its Maths Everywhere App.
The Open Education Movement recognises the potential to increase access to education and knowledge for everyone, everywhere by allowing educators to re-purpose, combine or contextualise materials to build something new. To demonstrate its support NIACE has published the code and content of its Maths Everywhere App – under a Creative Commons non-commercial licence – via the Maths Everywhere group on the Maths in Practice network.
This will allow educationalists the freedom to modify and use the materials, personalising the App for users or re-developing it to meet the needs of diverse target groups in various learning contexts. The code is available for anyone to download on the condition that any further developments are shared with the group.
Funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Maths Everywhere App was developed by tutors at Bolton College and developers Modern English, as part of the NIACE-managed Maths4Us initiative. Free to download, the App has three different sections offering helpful tools, video tutorials and practice questions to help adults improve their skills and become more confident.
The App has proved popular with almost 2,000 downloads and positive feedback from learners, tutors and providers alike. By releasing Maths Everywhere under a creative commons license, NIACE hopes to extend the reach and impact of the App to all sectors of education and to even more learners.
David Hughes, NIACE Chief Executive, said:
“We are very supportive of the Open Education Network and I am pleased that we are able to show that support by publishing the code and content for our Maths App. This will allow what we believe will become the norm, with educationalists across the world able to adapt and develop materials further to suit their needs. In this way, we can reach more people, support more learners and see more people achieving in learning.”