MaTHiSiS also aims to enhance learning opportunities and motivation for Mainstream learners. The focus of this use case is on neuro-typical children in primary and secondary school education (8-18 years) with a wide range of abilities who are now experiencing the new national computing curriculum. This case will also include a mix of male and female learners to identify gender differences in attitudes and approaches to learning new concepts in computing.
Mainstream education is not confined to the classroom and education should be able to occur in informal as well as formal learning situations.
MaTHiSiS responds to this challenge via the use of a range of platform agents including the use of mobile devices to teach programming concepts, and will enable learners to experience programming in a variety of locations both within and beyond school. The use of robotics will particularly provide a bottom-up approach to creating sequences, where the robot will enact the logical sequence, and enable interaction between learners and robots. Their use will show how physical systems can be controlled, illustrate the use of sequence, and show how logical reasoning can be used to explain how simple algorithms work.
There is an extremely wide variety of student capabilities, as well as impairments, in the mainstream education classrooms in which MaTHiSiS will be used. MaTHiSiS’s flexibility of content delivery will cope with this wide variety of abilities. The reusable artefacts (Smart Learning Atoms) will facilitate a deeper level of learning through the design of a learning environment which engages learners and supports them in progressing at their own pace.
The personalized educational schemes of MaTHiSiS that automatically adjust to the needs and skills of each individual learner, are also expected to have a positive effect on the early school leaving phenomenon seen in mainstream education. Access to the ‘in the moment’ states of the learner including flow, frustration and boredom will allow us to dynamically adjust the learning experience of these hard to reach learners to have a positive effect on their persistence and engagement.
Lastly, the emphasis of MaTHiSiS on developing higher level computing skills will enable mainstream learners increased opportunity to develop the key employment skills required for the future workforce.