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Math-Bridge: European Remedial Content for Mathematics

The project MATH-BRIDGE will provide multi-lingual and multi-cultural semantic access to remedial mathematics content which adapt to the requirements of a learner and the subject of study.

Many European economies rely on a highly skilled labour force with knowledge workers such as engineers, physicists, and many other knowledge-intensive disciplines. To maintain or even improve current standards, many European countries want to increase the enrollment and output of engineering studies, and they face the problem of high drop-out of engineering students. For instance, in Germany the drop-out rate sometimes goes up to 35% and one of the primary reasons is the lack of needed mathematical skills. This caused the industrial Arbeitgeberverband Gesamtmetall to raise an alarm. Drop-out rates in engineering studies are high Europe-wide. An important reason for these high rates is that engineering students are often not appropriately informed and prepared for their studies. In particular, they lack the necessary mathematical competencies. In traditional remedial courses, individual treatment of competency gaps is impossible and such courses rarely solve the problem. From our experience at universities and colleges we know the high demand for tailored remedial maths content. Existing portals for such content have a restricted amount of content which is mostly in a single language. On-line mathematical education content is available only scattered, in multiple formats, in various notations, badly searchable, in a single language rather than multi-lingual, and cannot be tailored to the learners needs. Math-Bridge aims at changing this situation and help to bridge the gap between schools and higher education in Eurpoe. It will provide multi-lingual and multi-cultural semantic access in a sustainable Pan-European learning service for remedial mathematics content that tailors to the prerequisites of the learner and her study-subject. It will bring together content from di erent European sources and o er it in a uni ed way. A Pan-European learning service for remedial mathematics is obtained by collecting appropriate learning resources, extending them with structure, metadata, maths semantics, interactivity, and multi-linguality where necessary. The extended formats of the content will make use of standards, and hence be re-usable and interoperable. For an adequate infrastructure we will adapt our semantic and multi-lingual search software, customize assessments, customize the ActiveMath learning environment to the remedy-scenario which includes speci c diagnostic means and decision making for remedy, and determine the culturally determined incoming competencies (of students who start the remedy) and the (target) competencies required for the target study subjects. Moreover, Math-Bridge will develop a process model for collaborative authoring, determine Creative Commons license for content (IPR), and adapt tool-support for collaborative authoring that respects the semantics and metadata of content. This will support collaborative production and assembly of (educational) content, which we think is a future must.The results will be usable way beyond mathematics.

Contact information

MELIS Erica
Stuhlsatzenhausweg Geb. 3.2 3
66123 Saarbrücken
GERMANY
Tel. +49 681 302 4629
Fax. +49 681 302 2235

Participants

Coordinator: DEUTSCHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUER KUENSTLICHE INTELLIGENZ GMBH, GERMANY

Participating partners:

Organisation Country
DEUTSCHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUER KUENSTLICHE INTELLIGENZ GMBH GERMANY
UNIVERSITAET WIEN AUSTRIA
TAMPEREEN TEKNILLINEN YLIOPISTO FINLAND
UNIVERSITE MONTPELLIER 2 SCIENCES ET TECHNIQUES FRANCE
UNIVERSITAET PADERBORN GERMANY
UNIVERSITAET KASSEL GERMANY
UNIVERSITAET DES SAARLANDES GERMANY
EUROTYPE OHG GERMANY
EÖTVÖS LORÁND TUDOMÁNYEGYETEM HUNGARY
UNIVERSIDAD CARLOS III DE MADRID SPAIN
OPEN UNIVERSITEIT NEDERLAND THE NETHERLANDS

Last update: 30/03/2010

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