Learning Mathematics Online

Project Description


Research teaching and learning of mathematics in technology-based environments

Project Description

The ANSERS Institute is engaged in a five-year collaborative research project with the Center for Applied Technology in Education at the University of Oregon. We are currently in our final year of this project. Our research is focused on the teaching and learning of mathematics in technology-based environments. In years 1-3 of this project our research teams investigated students’ use of “electronic support tools” available to them via technology. Descriptive data collected on students’ electronic tool use during the first three years of the project led us to study, more specifically, how students used these tools to communicate about mathematics. Therefore, in year 4 of this project we studied student use of a digital notepad and a peer-mediated “wall” embedded in the Math Learning Companion (an online mathematics curriculum previously developed through a different research grant). We found, in year 4, that students used these online writing environments to support and enhance mathematical reasoning. Thus, in the fifth and final year of the project we are investigating the effects of a teacher-led fractions intervention on the mathematical reasoning of students as supported through a technology-rich writing environment.

Funded Research:

University of Oregon (MeTRC; $700,000)

Research Team

  • Dr. Lindy Crawford (principal investigator)
  • Dr. Jacqueline D’Angelo (project manager)
  • Dr. Kristina Higgins (lead statistician)
  • Dr. Sarah Quebec-Fuentes (content expert)

Graduate Student Researchers

  • Shayla Sigler
  • Pei Pei Gong
  • Hannah Alvis



Mathematics E-Text Research Center
The Mathematics eText Research Center (MeTRC) is located at the University of Oregon. Currently, under the leadership of Dr. Mark Horney and Dr. Lynne Anderson-Inman of the University of Oregon's Center for Advanced Technology in Education (CATE), the center is in the process of conducting a systematic program of research that has spanned over five years in collaboration with five teams across the country, each focusing on a specific student population, curriculum, or technology.