Presentation on theme: "Presenters: Beth Kilmer and Kari Mueller Northeastern Junior College."— Presentation transcript:
Presenters: Beth Kilmer and Kari Mueller Northeastern Junior College
Where We’ve Been Fall 2008 119 students enrolled in MAT030/060 combo 55 passed MAT030 (46%) 32 passed MAT030/060 combo 27% pass rate for MAT030/060 combo
Roadblocks to Success Roadblock #1 – Unable to maintain a Pace that satisfied the needs of all students Roadblock # 2 - 4 Instructors + 2 Textbooks Inconsistency Roadblock #3 - Student Apathy
The Search for Something New Visited several sister colleges searching for best practices Self-paced math lab setting offered by Trinidad State Junior College addressed each roadblock Students were allowed to work at own Pace Requirements and materials were Consistent across all sections regardless of instructor Student “Buy-In” to self-paced concept was high
The Final Destination – Math Lab! How It Looks MAT030/060 combo; 8 weeks per class Class meets 3 days per week for 1 hour 45 minutes Class size increased from 15 to 30 students Two instructors assigned to team teach each section One learning assistant (student tutor) provided by Comprehensive Learning Center (CLC)
Keys to Success How It Works Required materials include a customized textbook and a homework packet designed by NJC Math Lab instructors Students are provided with a Course Schedule to help them pace themselves to complete the course in the allotted 8 week format Class time is devoted to self and/or small group study, one-on-one instruction and assessment Students who don’t complete the course in A- term are allowed to continue working
Keys to Success How It Works - Homework Homework includes short answer study questions designed to: Encourage students to read front matter Promote note taking Enhance study skills Homework is checked by instructors to monitor progress and identify students needing extra help Students maintain a homework notebook that is collected for grading during the final
Keys to Success How It Works – Assessment Quizzes “One Shot Deal” Designed to highlight areas where students need more work prior to taking the exam Exams Students are allowed 3 opportunities to earn a 75% or better on each chapter exam Helps to reduce test anxiety Requires student to prove mastery of material before moving on Cumulative final exam – limited to two opportunities
Keys to Success How It Works – Attendance Students are required to sign an attendance contract Excused vs. Unexcused/Tardy Repercussions Rewards Attendance records maintained in D2L
Detours Stuff That Didn’t Work Original textbook Difficult to read Not user friendly Overly complicated practice problems Homework on the “honor system” Excessive testing opportunities Grading based on tests only An attendance policy that was too lenient Incomplete grades
Potential Hazards Math Lab is not for every teacher Labor intensive set-up Teamwork – consistency is the key!
Final Destination – Success! Semester/Y ear # enrolled in M030 # passed M030 A- term% Took all semester to pass M030 Total pass rate for semester # passed both M030 & M060% Fall 20101147465%872%5649% Spring 2010513059%976%2243% Fall 2009915156%1674%2325% Spring 2009451738%140%613% Fall 20081195546%0 3227% Spring 2008341441%0 824% Semester/ Year MAT030 Enrollment Passed MAT030 A-term MAT030 A-term Success Rate Passed MAT030 by Semester End MAT030 Overall Success Rate Passed MAT030 & MAT060 by Semester End Overall Success Rate for MAT030 /060 Combo FA 20101147465%872%5649% SP 2010513059%976%2243% FA 2009915156%1674%2325% SP 2009451738%140%613% FA 20081195546%0 3227% SP 2008341441%0 824%
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