|KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HÖGSKOLAN
|Funding from Vinnova
|SEK 1 914 000
|December 2016 - July 2020
Purpose and goal
The purpose of the TalkMath project has been to offer students an opportunity to study mathematics together, and with the guidance of teachers, via the internet, anywhere, anytime. We have created a digital platform specially designed for learning in mathematics where teachers and students can meet. TalkMath offers “just-in-time tutoring”. An example is when students study in the evening. They have the opportunity to ask for help directly and move on in their studies rather than having to wait for a later time when they can get help from their teacher.
Expected results and effects
TalkMath is specifically designed to discuss mathematics in real-time. The service consists of a communication tool with text, audio, and a shared digital whiteboard. Also, special functions for discussing mathematics, e.g. support for drawing figures and writing formulas have been developed. The service has been used to offer just-in-time tutoring in a large number of courses and at the national exams, which has worked well. TalkMath has been used very extensively, especially since the COVID-19 epidemic.
Planned approach and implementation
TalkMath is a research-based service that has been developed through an iterative development process based on focus groups and analysis of user data. The service has been gradually developed and evaluated through pilot tests. We have also conducted workshops in collaboration with actors working with homework help in mathematics and presented the project at national and international conferences. TalkMath is a fully functional service that is free to use for anyone who wishes.