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Howard Francis Pikeville College Results from Changes Made to Two Classes After Attending the ACA TLI

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ACA Teaching and Learning Institute Weeklong workshop in June Weeklong workshop in June Brevard College, Brevard, NC Brevard College, Brevard, NC You really should go to this! You really should go to this! 10/22/2010 Howard Francis, Pikeville College, ACA Summit

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Purpose To create a more active classroom environment 10/22/2010 Howard Francis, Pikeville College, ACA Summit

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Excellent Facilitators Dee Fink Dee Fink Ginny Anderson Ginny Anderson Jim Eison Jim Eison Peter Burke Peter Burke 10/22/2010 Howard Francis, Pikeville College, ACA Summit

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MTH 111 – Algebra for College Students: Old Format 5 minute Homework quiz Review of other homework I work problems they ask me to. Lecture over new material I write definitions and theorems on board. I work example problems for them. I am the hardest working person in the class! 10/22/2010 Howard Francis, Pikeville College, ACA Summit

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MTH 111 – Algebra for College Students: New Format Most work done in teams of five 15 minute homework and reading quiz Students read definitions and theorems Teams go over homework themselves I work a few examples on the board Students work more examples in teams Students are the hardest working people in the class! 10/22/2010 Howard Francis, Pikeville College, ACA Summit

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MTH 111 – Algebra for College Students: Modeling Example Course focuses on modeling and projecting real world data example: 867-5309 New Jersey DJ sold his music building and auctioned off the phone number on eBay. The bidding was almost an exponential curve But for the younger students, I have to put the number in context: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axLRUszuu9I 10/22/2010 Howard Francis, Pikeville College, ACA Summit

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MTH 111 – Algebra for College Students: Modeling Example Let’s do this! 1. Graph Data Points 2. Draw a smooth curve through them 3. What does your graph predict the final bid to be? 4. Do other algebra to create function for that curve, and use it to predict final bid. 10/22/2010 Howard Francis, Pikeville College, ACA Summit

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MTH 111 – Algebra for College Students: Results Students get dedicated class time to work on problems where support is immediately available. I spend more class time helping students directly, one-on-one or one-on-few. Daily out of class prep time is greatly reduced. 10/22/2010 Howard Francis, Pikeville College, ACA Summit

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MTH 111 – Algebra for College Students: Measurable Results (1) Student Success in My Recent Sections of MTH 111 Old FormatNew Format Number of Students35132 Average GPA 1.872.06 PASS54.0%56.0% includes all DFWs (and we have lots of Ws) 10/22/2010 Howard Francis, Pikeville College, ACA Summit

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MTH 111 – Algebra for College Students: Measurable Results (2) Comparing Performance in MTH 113 Other MTH 111My MTH 111 Number of Students1216 Average GPA PASS 10/22/2010 Howard Francis, Pikeville College, ACA Summit

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MTH 111 – Algebra for College Students: Measurable Results (2a) Comparing Performance in MTH 113 Other MTH 111My MTH 111 Number of Students1216 Average GPA xx – 0.19 PASSX3.0%X1.0% (no statistical significance) 10/22/2010 Howard Francis, Pikeville College, ACA Summit

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MTH 111 – Algebra for College Students: Measurable Results (3) Pikeville College Student Evaluation quetions Q1 - Course Organization Q2 - Instructional Materials Q3 - Subject Matter Presentation Q4 - Grading Basis Q5 - Intellectual Motivation Q6 - Interest in Subject Q7 - Self-Reliance and Confidence Q8 - Sense of Proportion and Humor Q9 - Attitude Toward Students Q10 - Effectiveness Relative to Other Professors 10/22/2010 Howard Francis, Pikeville College, ACA Summit

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MTH 111 – Algebra for College Students: Measurable Results (3a) Summary of Student Evaluations Old FormatNew Format n4681 Q18.769.08 Q28.329 Q38.618.88 Q48.789.1 Q57.468.55 Q69.029.18 Q78.468.92 Q87.548.78 Q97.719.15p < 0.001 Q107.488.65 10/22/2010 Howard Francis, Pikeville College, ACA Summit

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CS 109 – Introduction to Computer Science: Old Format 5 minute quiz over last class 45 minutes lecturing over new material, rarely discussion I wrote test questions 3 multiple choice questions 1 short answer question for each class day Boring! (and lots of work for me) 10/22/2010 Howard Francis, Pikeville College, ACA Summit

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CS 109 – Introduction to Computer Science: New Format Online quiz over new reading before class Some lecture, some hands on-activities, some interactive activities, some discussion Students wrote test questions 3 multiple choice questions 1 short answer question for each class day Not boring! 10/22/2010 Howard Francis, Pikeville College, ACA Summit

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CS 109 – Introduction to Computer Science: Example Activity Let’s do this! 1. Binary rods 2. Binary dot cars 3. Binary digits 10/22/2010 Howard Francis, Pikeville College, ACA Summit

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CS 109 – Introduction to Computer Science: Measurable Results (1) Measures of Class Performance Fall 2008 (Old)Fall 2009 (New)Change Chapters Covered 11/1717/17+6 Exam Average 70.0%68.2%-1.8% Attendance86.2%88.6%+2.4% 10/22/2010 Howard Francis, Pikeville College, ACA Summit

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CS 109 – Introduction to Computer Science: Measurable Results (2) Summary of Student Evaluations Fall 2008 (Old)Fall 2009 (New) n1418 Q18.648.83 Q28.299 Q38.439 Q48.369.44p < 0.05 Q58.438.5 Q69.219.56 Q78.648.83 Q88.219.17 Q98.649.5 Q108.59.06 10/22/2010 Howard Francis, Pikeville College, ACA Summit

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CS 109 – Introduction to Computer Science: Measurable Results (3) Student Retention Fall 2008 (Old Format)Fall 2009 (New Format) Number of Majors in CS 109 913 Number of those going on to CS 221 (next course for majors) 49 Ratio 44.4%69.2% 10/22/2010 Howard Francis, Pikeville College, ACA Summit

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Questions? You really should go to this! You really should go to this! 10/22/2010 Howard Francis, Pikeville College, ACA Summit

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