Presentation on theme: "Student Success in Mathematics: Guiding Principles"— Presentation transcript:
1 Student Success in Mathematics: Guiding Principles Teresa ThielMonica BrownShahla PetermanMath Technology Learning CenterUniversity of Missouri-St. Louis
2 The ProblemCollege Algebra is required for many majors, including all the sciencesStudent success (a grade of C- or better) was low and drop-rate was highStudents hated math and procrastinated as long as possibleStudents had to retake College Algebra
3 Our Goals Increase student understanding and success in math Better prepare students for success in future coursesProvide uniformity among all the sections of the courseIncrease student retentionIncrease students’ confidence in their math ability
5 Structure of the Redesigned Course One 75 minute lectureTwo 75 minute labs in the Math Technology Learning Center (MTLC)Homework online using software MyMathLab
6 Pre-Lecture Preparations Weekend Prior to the LectureOutline of the Lecture“Task of the Week” WorksheetMyMathLabhomework – can be done at home or in MTLC
7 Why does it work? Guiding Principles Principle 1: Provide a clear structure for the course that helps the students through the coursePrinciple 2: Provide sufficient time-on-task and enforce deadlinesPrinciple 3: Reward students for their effortsPrinciple 4: Provide regular assessment of progressPrinciple 5: Accommodate diverse styles of learningPrinciple 6: Stay in touch
8 Benefits Uniformity in course content Promotes active learning Provides students with individualized assistancePromotes student collaboration and peer learningBuilds in ongoing assessment and prompt feedbackEnsures sufficient time on task and monitors student progress
9 Cost issuesNegative - Course reductions for the faculty who were developing the redesign.Negative - $350,000 for the MTLCPositive - increase in class size (35 to 70), which decreased instructional costs over the longer term. Despite increase, more individual student attention.Positive - cost savings from the increased student retention and progression to graduation.Negative ($) and positive (success) - decline in enrollment because many students do not retake the course.
10 Facilitating ChangeMaintain flexibility, make incremental changes, remember that slow progress is better than no progress, and keep both a sense of perspective and a sense of humor.Faculty resist change.Be respectful but insistent that technology, used appropriately, not only enhances student learning but also frees their time to work individually with studentsProvide adequate training in the guiding principles, the techniques for implementation of these principles, and in the technology.Students resist change.They are accustomed to having a passive role in their learning and often object when the responsibility is placed on their shoulders.Many of them do not want to use technology as a major tool for learning.Be respectful but insistent that they learn best when they are actively engaged in the process of learning and that help is available.