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Multisensory Math for Adult Learners (working title)



Susan Jones

Project Manager

Michael Cenkner


About this Project

I want to create materials and community applying Universal Design for Learning principles to open the doors of mathematics to adult learners for whom learning math may have been unpleasant, terrifying and/or perceived as impossible.

Many widely used adult basic education math resources are accelerated repetition of procedural instruction. When that proves ineffective for many students, they are often deemed "not able."

In my work at The New Community School, a middle/secondary college-preparatory school for students with specific language learning disorders, I saw that carefully constructed materials with multisensory (visual, auditory and kinesthetic) reinforcement and practice could enable students to learn math well and deeply. Advances in technology make it possible to scale and share these ideas.

I think the OER community can create and disseminate interactive, multisensory OER to open doors of opportunity, whether for evolving “career certificates” or already established adult education credentials. Whether it's lessons using manipulatives (especially in rural areas or correctional institutions where internet access is limited) or interactive OER at sites such as geogebra.org , there is so much potential for reaching the adult basic education community.

Yes, this has to be more than a “textbook.” I’ll need a team :) I’d like to start with my college’s “Transition” textbook (I’ve adaped and shared the first chapter as OER at oercommons.org) and revise it to have more interactive activities and more structure and review.

I’d like to create a small module with UDL elements … and then keep building. Sometimes the “universal” design will mean having several options for representation rather than one presentation trying to provide everything.

My objective is to open doors to knowledge and career and life options for people by helping them understand how numberse and mathematics works.


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