In a world where online learning is increasingly prominent, the quality and authenticity of educational content have never been more critical. A major concern within this landscape is the growing shortage of math experts and educators actively involved in educational content development. The repercussions of this deficit go beyond classrooms, affecting digital platforms, educational software, and online courses that millions depend on.
The Growing Crisis
According to an article from ABC News, numerous states across the U.S. are grappling with a shortage of STEM teachers, especially those specialized in mathematics. While much of the focus has been on the classroom implications of this shortage, there’s another dimension to the problem: the development of quality educational content.
With the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based learning platforms, and fewer experts available to contribute to and review content, the risk of inaccuracies, oversimplifications, and ineffective teaching methodologies increases. Students and educators who turn to digital resources for assistance might find themselves equipped with subpar tools, ultimately impacting learning outcomes.
75% of public schools reported it was somewhat or very difficult to staff mathematics teachers.National Center for Education Statistics (NCES.ed.gov) School Pulse Panel
The Essential Role of Authenticity in Math Content
In discussions of AI technology in the realm of education, mathematics is one subject that is routinely called out to show the limitations of its deep learning algorithm. Mathematics is a field that thrives on precision, logic, and clarity. Whether it’s basic arithmetic or advanced calculus, the accuracy and authenticity of the content is paramount. Without genuine expertise guiding the development of resources, students may end up with a flawed understanding, which can cascade into future learning challenges.
How Freedom Learning Group Can Bridge the Gap
Amidst this concerning backdrop, there’s a beacon of hope: Freedom Learning Group (FLG). With a vast global network of highly skilled technical experts, this organization has successfully cultivated a team of over 1,000 mathematicians and math educators, primed to address these challenges.
These aren’t just mathematicians in a vacuum; they range from seasoned K-12 educators who understand the intricacies of teaching and the nuances of conveying complex ideas in an accessible manner, to statisticians with real world experience, to professors who have written advanced level courses. And with FLG’s quality assurance tools and processes, educational publishers, workforce developers, and institutions can ensure that their content is not only accurate but also pedagogically sound.
An education client sought to create an online experiential entrepreneurship course correlating math instruction with the real-world experience of starting a lemonade stand business.
FLG developed age-appropriate curriculum with interactive scenarios to build confidence and enforce mastery of skills, as well as detailed teacher guides and LMS training for the organization’s leaders.
88% of the program’s 1.5 million+ youth participants declare the program correlates use of math in a real world context.
Freedom Learning Group has a long history of working with educational publishers, universities, K-12 educators, and businesses to develop math curriculum for any age and level. FLG’s network represents a scalable solution to an urgent problem. By tapping into this reservoir of expertise, we can ensure that online learning materials in mathematics retain the highest standards of quality and effectiveness.
The shortage of math experts in educational content development is a silent crisis with potentially vast repercussions. However, with the proactive initiatives of organizations like Freedom Learning Group, solutions are emerging. As AI technologies advance, we can expect to see an increase in the demand for more natural and accurate intelligence in educational content and learning platforms. As we continue to champion digital learning, it’s imperative to prioritize the authenticity and quality of the content we present to learners worldwide.