Title: Aim-Math: a ubiquitous mathematics learning tool for blind and visually impaired students

Authors: Wararat Wongkia; Wanintorn Poonpaiboonpipat

Addresses: Institute for Innovative Learning, Mahidol University, Nakhon Pathom 73170, Thailand ' Department of Education, Faculty of Education, Naresuan University, Mueang, Phitsanulok, Thailand

Abstract: We present an assistive learning tool to drive the mathematical instruction for students with visual impairment; Aim-Math. Instructional-driven features and assistive features were designed to help the students understand a concept and ease the learning process. Aim-Math is an audio-based system that helps students with visual impairment learn exponents. In order to evaluate the overall understanding and satisfaction, participants were students with visual impairment in a secondary school level. We employed pre-test, intervention, and post-test design. The mean of students' post-test scores was significantly higher than those pre-test scores which indicates that Aim-Math could enhance the students' understanding of exponents. Moreover, the students were satisfied with the use of Aim-Math. In addition, practitioners, teachers, and other educators can simply apply the design of the instructional-driven system and assistive features for students with visual impairment in other desirable concepts.

Keywords: mathematics; assistive learning tool; visual disability; ubiquitous learning; teaching and learning; blind students; learning cycle; secondary school; audio-based learning; exponent concept.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMLO.2022.119978

International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, 2022 Vol.16 No.1, pp.1 - 19

Received: 02 Sep 2020
Accepted: 02 Feb 2021

Published online: 04 Jan 2022 *

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