The Adult Numeracy in the Digital Age Project: A technology-enabled mathematics course for adult learners

Numeracy and digital literacy are critical for college, career, and citizenship. But nearly a third of the adult population in the United States does not have sufficient numeracy skills to manage critical quantitative tasks in their daily lives and over 16 percent have low digital literacy skills. Modern technology has the potential to significantly improve access to and the quality of adult education by offering flexibility, adaptivity, and responsiveness.

During this session, we’ll walk through a new online adult numeracy course developed in the Adult Numeracy in the Digital Age (ANDA) project, a research project funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and part of the IES-funded Adult Skills Research Network.

The design of the ANDA course centers on relevant, contextualized math content, collaborative and active learning, adaptive and personalized math content scaffolds, and social-emotional supports promoting self-efficacy and a sense of belonging. The course also integrates supports for the development of digital literacy skills.

As a participant, you’ll have the opportunity to engage in activities from the curriculum, as well as demo the adaptive technology platform. We’ll also invite you to provide feedback on the course design, curriculum, and functionality, and consider how the curricular and instructional design can inform your own instruction.