Reluctant Mathematician MOOC: Refreshing Approach to Stressed Maths Learners

University of Wollongong, Australia
Ms Sarah Lambert

Keywords: Module based on OER, Student voice.

The University of Wollongong’s first locally developed and hosted Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) “The Reluctant Mathematician” was run in the last 4 weeks of our summer holiday, prior to Autumn session in 2014. It was developed to lift maths skills at our university and also in the community – where maths skills continue to be a challenge and in some cases a source of stress. Internally the MOOC provided an alternative online way to support students who struggle with mathematics at university level, as a complement to the existing face to face small group workshops and individual consultations. The evaluation showed that the MOOC enabled a range of learners to succeed, including those who were stressed about learning maths.