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1 Making the Write Choices: MyWritingLabPlus at CSUB Pearson Course Redesign, April 2012 Randi Brummett Brooke Hughes CSU, Bakersfield

2 About California State University, Bakersfield Quarter-based campus (10 weeks) Non-traditional students Most do not live on campus Average age = 23 Enrollment: over 8,000 Students 38% Hispanic (3,040 students) 73% of those students are ESL or Generation % First-Time Freshman Regular Admits requiring English Remediation Commuter Campus Budget Cuts/Furloughs Because of the items above, we decided to rethink our course design.

3 Challenges that Lead to Using Technology We lacked Money Time Space Quality & Consistent Learning A Better Way to Track SLOs (and information for WASC accreditation) Small class sizes (from 23 to 35)

4 COURSE REDESIGN DATA CSU, BAKERSFIELD MAKING THE TRANSITION

5 Our Path to MyWritingLabPlus We piloted/tested 5 programs from different publishers Our decision was made by the students and instructors We chose MWLP for these reasons: Intuitive; easy to use Price Diagnostic abilities Progression from literal comprehension to internalization in their own writing Capability to assess SLOs more easily Consistency of learning (esp. for a large group of students)

6 CourseType of Class English 50Developmental, Summer only, Grant funded course English 80Developmental course, Focusing from Para-Essay English 99Developmental course, Focusing on Essays English 110Freshman Composition Humanities 207 & 407One-unit grammar brush up course

7 Our MWL/MWLP Timeline, : Piloted/Tested out Programs 2006: Replaced mandatory grammar workshops with required lab hours in Eng 80 Changed 207/407 to completely online course 2007: Replaced mini-lectures and grammar workshops with outside of class work in Eng 80 and 99 Paired 207/407 with Student Success Center (Probation/Dismissal students) Paired 207/407 with Athletics (Division 1 tutoring requirement) 2008: Replaced tutoring with required walk-in lab hours in Eng : Replaced mandatory grammar workshops with outside of class work in Eng 50

8 Our MWL/MWLP Timeline, : Worked with Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum courses using option of 207/407 and with individual instructor use Paired with multiple Upper Division Writing Courses as Supplemental and Fully Online models Authored MWL integrated portions of the adopted text in Eng 80 (Mosaics - Flachmann) 2011: Paired 207/407 with Graduate Studies Center University Adoption of MyLabsPlus version of MWL Customized 4-year access via Student Fee Optional model as a supplement in Eng 110 Worked with two universities to redesign based on our model Opened MyWritingLabPlus Headquarters on campus 2012: Bridging with two local high schools using MWLP Running two pilots (Required hour & Unlock pilot)

9 CourseType of ClassPercentage of Course # of TopicsExample Topics English 50Developmental, Summer only, Grant funded course 10%10 (determined by a committee) Pronouns, Verbs, Nouns English 80Developmental course, Focusing from Para-Essay 10%10 (determined by a committee) Commas, Fragments, Run- Ons English 99Developmental course, Focusing on Essays 10%15 (determined by a committee) Topic Sentences, Developing Paragraphs English 110Freshman Composition OPTIONAL Up to 10% (instructor discretion) OPTIONAL Up to 10 (instructor discretion) OPTIONAL Instructor discretion Humanities 207 & 407 One-unit grammar brush up course 100% (Credit/No Credit course) 20 (of the students choice) Research, Subject-Verb Agreement, Illustration Essays

10 Impact On Our Campus FACULTY/STAFF Have more time in class to go over content, rather than grammar topics Closely monitor the classs activity in the program and hone in on class problems Provide extra immediate help to students who need it Explain grammar in a different way, especially for students who have different learning styles Create consistency of information given Use the alert system as a teaching tool to focus in on one student having difficulty Grade faster and more efficiently (via Pearson Tutor Services) Are able to get help immediately (via MWLP Headquarters) Read better papers STUDENTS Learn about a topic as many times as they need Work on their own time, at their own pace Become responsible for their own learning process Are able to get help immediately (via MWLP Headquarters) Write better papers

11 To Infinity and Beyond! Obtain more assistants and hours for the MWLP Headquarters Work with the community college and more high schools to create a MWLP bridge for students Keep working with faculty outside of English Roll out MWLP 2.0 (Fall 2012) Offer instructors a choice for the required MWL Integrated text in Eng 80 (Mosaics or our forthcoming text) Continue pilots from 2012 Work on non-English data Work on MWLP impact on students later in academic career

12 Course Redesign Data CSU, Bakersfield TIPS FOR REDESIGNING

13 Ways for Faculty to Buy in Start with a small pilot & show faculty the data Single them out (i.e., take them to lunch/coffee/etc.) Bribe them (i.e., gift cards, sweepstakes, etc.) Provide a mentor system Make additional support available (i.e., MWLP Headquarters, IT, tutoring center, etc.) Use an integrated textbook (i.e., we use Mosaics in Eng 80) Include them into decision making (committees deciding topics, mastery, etc.) Create learning communities for faculty to join

14 Ways for Admin/Staff to Buy in Present data frequently Keep them in the loop Find admin/staff that share your common problems/concerns to fight for you Get them involved early on (especially IT)

15 Advice Start small, and dont rush it. Before you start, make a list of the problems/issues you need to solve. Find others (admin/faculty) who want the same things Try to find schools that have done the redesign you want to do. Apply for grants. Dont get discouraged. Keep an open mind. Make friends with your Pearson technology specialist. Keep all data, even if it seems insignificant. Check out the NCAT website (http://www.thencat.org)

16 QUESTIONS? Randi Brummett Brooke Hughes


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