About the project
Money matters to me is
an online financial education site developed
by NIACE for the purpose of:
- widening access to learning
about money matters to people with a range of skills levels,
within community environments;
- enabling students to
develop ICT and numeracy skills through a motivating, interactive
resource which is relevant
to their own situations.
The site is being aimed in particular at:
learners, particularly women 25-50 and their families. Many
adult learners will
be introduced to the resource
through their tutors.’
The developing information society encourages
adults to become competent users of ICT but there is still a significant
lack of content relevant to people's lives. A financial literacy
online resource has the potential to address both these needs
by providing a strong motive to going on line.
The Basic Skills agency undertook a survey
(MORI) to discover what would motivate people to improve their
skills (e.g. numeracy) and found that 77% would learn if it involved
using a computer. A further 73% would be interested if the learning
resulted in a qualification and 41% would prefer to learn at home.
This indicates the potential of an online
financial literacy resource which was accredited and available
for personal use. A large number also expressed a preference for
learning in an educational environment so a resource which could
be integrated into a course of study as well as being available
for individual use would maximise its usability.
- To develop an interactive and motivating
online financial literacy resource.
- To develop an online learning resource
for adults who are aged between
25 and 50 with a special emphasis on women and families.
- To provide a motivating experience that
would assist adults to make
informed choices about their finances.
- To provide an online experience which
helps adults to see the relevance of
ICT to their lives.
- To aid adults develop their numeracy skills
as part of the learning
- Ensure that it is relevant to the learners.
- Allow for the life experience of the
- Allow for the different motives of the
- Allow for the different learning styles
and preferences of the learners.
- Actively engage the learners.
- Provide a large degree of choice to motivate
users/learners while supporting and guiding them through the
- Be straightforward to navigate.
- Be highly visual but accessible through
slow speed links (i.e. home or outreach community location).
- Allow learners to assess their initial
understanding and thus make informed choices about using the
- Be interactive - quizzes, games, activities
- Provide downloadable resources to allow
learners to develop their understanding away from the computer.
- Provide links to other resources in all
is based on the Adult Financial Literacy Advisory Group (DFEE,
2000) framework. The resource is meant for educational purposes
only and does not provide financial advice.
Many people have worked on this project
both formally and informally, below we would like to give credit
and thanks to all involved.
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education
Alan Clarke Chris
WEB SITE DEVELOPMENT & DESIGN
ICT Design, Development and Consultancy Services
PLC - Corporate Responsibility Unit
- Julia Grimes
- Senior Editor
- Guy Forster (CTAD - Cambridge Training
and Development Ltd)
- Barbara Nance (CTAD - Cambridge Training
and Development Ltd)
- Dr Alan Clarke (NIACE)
- Chris Taylor (NIACE)
- Claudia Hesse (NIACE)
- Onita Harrison (Adult Education Consultant)
- Sue Jessop (Basic
Skills Adult Education, WEET Centre)
- Louise Williams (Workers'
- Martin Platt (Derbyshire County Council)
- Phil Cole (Willenhall
Community Advice Centre, Coventry)
PILOT TESTING AND FOCUS GROUPS
- The Linwood Centre, Leicester
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