What is the overall impact of the initiative and how is this measured?
Monitoring and evaluation is the role of Aurora College, since the materials were developed specifically for their programs. We evaluate the use and effectiveness of the materials through a survey of adult educators. We also monitor downloads from our webpage, and have average 500,000 – 750-000 downloads a month since January 2012.
What challenges have you faced and how were these overcome?
The resources are very popular, and have to be constantly reprinted, but we have limited resources to do that.
What are 3 key lessons you learned from developing or delivering your initiative? What advice from those lessons would you share with others?
There is a huge need for Math resources for adult learners.
Research in to how adults learn Math is scarce.
This practical approach has much more appeal and relevance for adults than an ‘academic’ math course.
Incorporation of Essential Skills
Which Essential Skills are covered by the initiative?
Working with Others
How are the Essential Skills integrated into your initiative?
All of the essential skills are integrated into the course through the practical activities.
How do you assess participant Essential Skills?
Aurora College oversees monitoring and evaluation for the program. Monitoring and evaluation of participants’ essential skills is done by college courses that deliver a course using these materials
What are the components of the initiative?
Career and/or educational planning
How was Indigenous culture integrated into the program content or delivery?
The examples are more context-related. So for example the activities would use northern examples. The adult educators might convert these into Indigenous activities, like working out how to erect a tepee.
What do you think are the most important competencies and attributes for staff involved in this initiative to have?
Many adult educators are non-Math specialists. This can be a bit of a problem helping people to understand basic concepts.
Who are your partners, and what is their involvement in the initiative?
Aurora College uses all of our materials as supplementary resources.