## 2015-06-29 Polland: ForMath – Intelligent Tutoring System in Mathematics and Physics

ForMath – Intelligent Tutoring System in Mathematics and Physics

**Description of the project offered:**

The project aims to create an interactive platform for supporting education in mathematics (algebra, differential and integral calculus, differential equations) and physics, make the education easier, attractive and interesting. The platform can be used by technical students to self-study of selected fields of mathematics and physics, and expanding knowledge in these fields. The platform contains a collection of exercises, in which there is possibility to appeal to theory (e-books), or get hints on how to solve a specific problem (at any stage of solving the exercise). Exercises of varying difficulty within different branches of mathematics and physics are included. A student (user) solves the exercises on her/his own and, depending on chosen method or path of solving and errors made, the system suggests next steps or points out mistakes. Errors and mistakes made by students are registered, analyzed and then are the basis for preparing individual lists of exercises tailored to the student's level of knowledge. In the case of repeated difficulties the student is directed to the remedial exercises sessions. Moreover, ForMath contains interactive tests verifying student’s knowledge, tables of mathematical and physical formulas, examples of practical applications of mathematics and physics, mathematical and physical curiosities and mathematical english-polish and polish-english dictionary. By design the platform is built simultaneously in two languages: English and Polish.

The platform is aimed at different audiences: students, candidates for college, high school students, engineers active population. It also enables the improvement of the competence of the young academic teachers.

This project also takes into account the needs of people with disabilities, particularly blind and visually impaired. One of the research tasks is to interpret mathematical symbols and formulas allowing their reading by blind persons. The remote teaching blind and visually impaired students is one of the elements of innovation in the project.

During the project pedagogical and cognitive research are conducted, which help in choosing the best learning solutions. This platform exploits elements of the constructivist theory of learning that focuses on activation and motivation the student and application of the principle "the more we know, the more we can learn" by adjusting the difficulty level to the level of knowledge of the learner, and gradation the difficulty of subsequent exercises.

The ForMath project is the comprehensive, attractive, student-friendly platform for remote interactive education. The continuous analysis of errors, hints on each stage of solution, different ways of solutions of one problem (if possible), suggesting a personal path of learning as well as the module for blind and visually impaired users are the elements of innovation in the project. The basic version of the platform (exercises from several branch of mathematical calculus) is already used by students of Silesian University of Technology and enjoys high popularity.

**Project proposer:** Beata Sikora ()

**Partner role:** Project participant

**Partner organisation:** Research

**Call for proposal title:** Call for making science education and careers attractive for young people

**Call for proposal identifier:** H2020-SEAC-2015-1

**Description of the collaboration sought: **

1. Project coordinator is sought.

2. Partners interested in designing an e-learning platform for teaching and learning mathematics and physics on the different levels of the education system (especially for primary and secondary schools) are sought.

3. Partners interested in the remote teaching blind and visually impaired pupils and students.

4. Partner for pedagogical and cognitive research is sought to exploit elements of the constructivist theory of learning by adjusting the methods and difficulty level to the level of knowledge and age of learners (games, exercises, other remote activities).

**Expertise sought:** Scientific research, Education. Training, Mathematics. Statistics,

**Roles sought:** Project coordinator, Project participant,

**Organisation types sought:** Research, Education,

**Countries sought:** Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey,

**Call for proposal specific information**

**1. Themes covered by this call**- SEAC-1-2015: Innovative ways to make science education and scientific careers attractive to young people
**2. Funding schemes applicable for this call (Please see call fiche for full details)**- RIA (Research and Innovation action)