Start date: Sep 1, 2015,
End date: Aug 31, 2018
Mathematical skills are a prerequisite in technical studies and mathematics lays the basis for understanding different engineering disciplines. However, various studies have shown that the lack of mathematical proficiency already causes problems in engineering mathematics’ and other courses in European HEIs (high drop-out rates, lower graduation rates, lack of basic knowledge etc.). Mathematics is one of the cornerstones in building engineering knowledge and understanding that is required in engineering disciplines. Thus, the basic level of mathematical proficiency of engineering students needs urgently to be increased on a large scale.
FutureMath project aims to enhance and improve the quality of engineering mathematics' learning in HEIs by bringing the modern learning and teaching methods, pedagogical approaches and technological innovations into same place. Furthermore, the overall result of the project will be the comprehensive framework for mathematics learning that respects the 21st century skills. Thus i.e. a repository of good practices and resources for mathematics teaching and learning will be constructed in European level especially with the help of technology. The FutureMath project develops pedagogical methods and resources to teach and learn mathematics more effectively by providing personalized learning possibilities with the help of ubiquitous technology. By means of that, it is supposed to improve the efficiency, accessibility and quality of mathematics teaching and learning in European level. With these actions it is hope not only to increase completion rates and to support the graduation process of students but also to improve the quality and relevance of engineering education, which in fact are one of the key issues of European Commission's agenda for the modernization of Europe's higher education system.
The project consortium consists of four university partner. Each project partner has a tailor-made role in the project. The project consortium consists of two teams: team mathematics and team technology. In a nutshell, team mathematics is mostly responsible about the developments related to the mathematics (assessment, pedagogy, production of learning resources etc.), whereas team technology is responsible about the technical innovation and implementations. Also, the coordination of tangible results of the project will be handled by the most experienced university partner.
The project’s highest target of dissemination is to increase European large-scale awareness about the possibilities of learning ubiquitous technology offers in the field of engineering mathematics. The main impact of the project is to increase the quality and accessibility of engineering mathematics learning and teaching in European level. Additionally the main focus is to better exploit the ICT in engineering mathematics teaching and learning and to support the implementation of the 2013 Communication of Opening Up Education. The aim is to affect the learning opportunities of an individual by providing versatile repository for mathematics learning and teaching that respects the 21st century skills.
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