Presentation on theme: "Developmental Education Reform"— Presentation transcript:
1 Developmental Education Reform Innovations in Developmental Education at Miami Dade CollegeAlina Coronel, associate professor, Sr. mdc-kendallMeghan clovis, associate professor, MDC-homestead
2 About Miami Dade College 7 campuses and numerous outreach centersMore than 170,000 students currently attend Miami Dade CollegeKendall Campus Homestead CampusEnrollment is Enrollment is approximately 45,000 approximately 7800Math department Math department24 full-time faculty 8 full-time facultyOver 100 adjuncts adjuncts teaching each semester
3 Legislative Changes New Florida Legislation on Dev. Ed. (SB 1720) Fall 2014No 16-week traditional lecture coursesDevelopmental math can only be offered through 4 modes of instructionAcceleratedModularizedCo-CurricularContextualized
4 Fall 2014 Courses Modular Courses Co-Requisite Courses Contains Pre-Algebra and Beginning Algebra5-credit and 3-creditCo-Requisite CoursesBeginning Algebra linked with Intermediate Algebra (6, 7, or, 8 credits)Math-to-Stat PathwayStudents placing into Beginning Algebra whose program of study does not require Intermediate or College AlgebraA version of Beginning Algebra linked with Liberal Arts math (6 credits)Shark Academy1-week refresher course
5 8-weeks dev ed + 8 weeks intermediate Accelerated Courses8-weeks dev ed + 8 weeks intermediate
6 Challenges in Accelerated Courses Faculty buy-in (how is this possible?)Lack of study skills and motivationPedagogy-so much time…The “talking head”Tough love
8 SolutionsPresentations for faculty allowing observation of classroom managementMentoring by experienced faculty before, during, and afterFor the students:Mandatory orientation the week before term beganTime management instruction and activityStudy skills units taught in class:OrganizationClass preparationNote-takingUsing resources effectively
9 How Students Learn Frequent assessments providing feedback Prepare for class and use all resourcesUse class time to clarify and reinforce materialUse online homework to prove mastery and reinforce materialFrequent assessments providing feedback
10 Advantages Less time between topics increases retention Taught as one seamless course with no overlap of materialImmerse students in contentExtended class time = more practice, more interaction, and more feedbackOnus for learning is on the studentOnly one semester needed to become college-ready
11 DisadvantagesFast-paced nature of the course does not allow for students to fall behind nor for in-class remediation/re-test.If students do not pass the first 8 weeks, then they must drop the second course and may have no other course to take for the last 8 weeks.If instructors do not monitor students closely (in particular their class preparation), the “talking head” returns.
12 Results (Homestead only) Data from show increases in these numbersData from IR indicates that students who took MAC1105 after completion of one of these accelerated courses outperformed (by PR) their counterparts.
14 Challenges in Modular Design Did not have enough computer classroomsVery few professors had used the course management systemNone of the professors had ever taught in a modular settingStudent buy-inFaculty buy-inEnsuring adherence to model in the classroom
15 Solutions Built several computer classrooms/re-tasked room(s) Mandatory 2-day training for all instructorsDay 1: Training on SoftwareDay 2: Pedagogical StrategiesEmbedded tutors on 1 or 2 meeting daysIn-class support for the first few weeks.
16 Course Design Students take an initial knowledge check Course contains 8 modules (groups of topics)Students spend time on topics they need to learnStudents are DOING math in classStudents have resources to help them on each topicVideos and notes created by MDC facultyPublisher videos and notesStudents are tested for material retention at the end of each moduleProctored midterm after module 4Proctored final after completion of all course topics
17 Course DesignStudent Resources: each topic has faculty created video and notesExamples and topic lectures by MDC faculty
18 Videos have animationand soundAll are closed-captionedCourse Design
19 Notes have the same examples as videos Example of MDC topic notesNotes have the same examples as videos
20 Binder to Accompany Course Within the binder students have theStudent–Faculty contractWeekly schedule sheetTime management sheetHow students progress through the courseNotes and assessment templatesStudents musttake notes on video or lecture notesshow work for each problemcomplete assessment using their binder
21 Class Time – students watch videos/take notes Students work in bindersStudent are DOING math
22 Class Time – students watch videos/take notes Students complete work in bindersStudent are DOING math
30 Non-STEM PathwayWho is the course designed for?Students who do not need to take MAT1033 or MAC1105 for their major. Example: Criminal Justice and Early Childhood education students fall in this category.What type of students will be in the class?Remedial Students who test into MAT0028.
31 How will the course be set up? The course will be a combination of two 3 credit courses for a total of 6 credits. The course will integrate a new college prep course MAT0029 and MGF 1106.Students will receive a grade for both MAT0029(S, P, or U) and MGF1106(A,B,C,D, or F).
32 What Topics Will Be Covered? MAT0029 is a college prep course designed specifically to prepare students for MGF1106 and STA2023, so all topics needed for students to be successful in these two courses will be covered.Additionally since this is an integrated course all topics in MGF1106 will also be covered.
33 An example of how the course can be set up: 1.) Operations on Real Numbers6.) Logic2.) Expression, Equations, & Inequalities7.) Set Theory3.) Percent's & Proportions8.) Probability4.) Functions & Graphing9.) Statistics5.) Geometry
34 Math Shark Academy 2013 Chancellor’s Best Practices Award Test Prep Course
35 Math Shark Academy1 week mandatory refresher course for any student testing into lowest level of developmental math. Other developmental math students are encouraged to enroll.approximately 5000 students in 3 yearsInclude study skills powerpoints and discussionsHigh School vs. College, Test-taking skills, Effort vs. AbilityIn the first 2 years:First time in college students who placed into any level of dev mathTook the placement test on the last day
36 ResultsSimilar results for two years52% moved up a level within developmental math25% placed out of developmental math
38 Results How students performed in their new course placement MAT 1033 pass rates for the last 4 years:57% - 65%
39 Math Shark Academy After new legislation Open to all students No placement test16 hours (3 hours M-R and 4 hours on F)Includes study skills powerpoints4 modulesArithmetic, Beginning Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, College AlgebraTake initial knowledge assessment on day 1 – shows “placement”Take a knowledge assessment on last day – shows “placement”Professor advises student
40 ResultsThere was an approximate 200% increase in the number of topics mastered during the boot camps.Average topics learned between initial and final assessment: 64