In 2016 more mobile devices than desktops were used to access websites, that's when the world-wide-web officially went 'mobile first'. Knowing this we've always tried to make the 'mobile experience' on the National Numeracy Challenge pretty good, but there's always room for improvement.
That's why, with funding from Ufi VocTech Trust, National Numeracy have been working towards having mobile app. But making apps can be a complex and expensive process so we needed some data to guide us. In search of this data, we went out to hundreds of Challenge users to ask them what they thought of our ideas.
Focusing on the opinions of our users who really need our help (those with low confidence or who struggle with maths) we found that they were in favour of three ideas:
- Getting the Challenge as an app so it appears on your phone's home screen.
- Removing the need to put your password in when you get to the Challenge, so you can easily pick-up where you left off.
- Getting notifications from the Challenge to encourage you to come back (if you opt-in to them of course).
The Challenge experience is a little bit different depending on what kind of phone you have, and some features are still being rolled out so keep an eye out for updates, but the changes we've made are all about trying to get you to come back and keep going.
Whether it's a diet, exercise regime or learning a new skill, to make progress you have to stick at it, and it's the same for maths. That's why we're always looking for ways to make it easier to use the Challenge, and easier to keep going.
If you struggle with numbers or just don't feel to great about your number skills at the moment. Give it a try by dipping in and out for a few weeks and you will see a positive change.