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Title: A Redesign of Intermediate Algebra using the Hawkes Learning System


1
A Redesign of Intermediate Algebra using the
Hawkes Learning System
  • Dr. Latonya Garner
  • March 29, 2010

Mississippi Valley State University Department of
Mathematics, Computer and Information Sciences
2
Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL)
  • Mississippi Course Redesign Initiative (2007
    2010)
  • Partnership with the National Center for Academic
    Transformation
  • Involves 7 Mississippi state institutions
  • Redesign projects focus on large-enrollment,
    introductory courses

3
MVSU/Intermediate Algebra Placement
  • Mississippi Valley State University
  • Current annual enrollment 2800
  • Located in Itta Bena, MS (the heart of the
    Mississippi Delta)
  • Students who enroll in Intermediate Algebra
  • Score less that 20 on the Mathematics portion of
    the ACT
  • Were enrolled in the summer developmental program
  • 88 of our entering freshmen enroll in MA100B

4
Redesign Motivation
  • Transform learning environment
  • Increase passing rate
  • Decrease cost
  • Decrease faculty labor intensive activities
  • Increase learning and performance

5
Cost Savings
  • Reduced the cost-per-student from 183 to 139, a
    24 savings
  • Decreased the number of sections from 17 to 8
    annually
  • Increased section size from 27 or 32 to 60
  • Number of faculty reduced from 13 to 6

6
Traditional Model
  • Traditional lecture format (Class met 2 hours and
    40 minutes weekly)
  • Paper and Pencil Homework assigned from textbook
    and graded by instructors
  • Hawkes assignments are assigned by some
    instructors but no mandatory lab hours
  • Homework/Quizzes/3-4 Exams/Common Final Exam

7
Redesign Model Emporium (Full Implementation)
  • 3 sections per semester containing up to 60
    students.
  • The class will meet once per week for lecture for
    1 ¼ hour
  • Three hours of laboratory work will be mandatory
  • Laboratory hours will be from 8 am - 5 pm, Monday
    through Friday.
  • A faculty member will serve as the coordinator
    for the course and supervise all laboratory
    personnel
  • Common Final Exam
  • Technology Hawkes Learning Systems

8
Results from Spring/Fall 2008 Course Grade
  • 35 of students received passing (A-C) grades

9
Results from Spring/Fall 2009 Course Grade
  • 49 of students received passing (A-C) grades

10
Comparison of Course Grades
  • There was a 14 increase in the of students who
    received a passing (A-C) grade.

11
Challenges
  • Adequate coverage of course content
  • Student population at the University might need a
    slightly different treatment as it relates to the
    number of hours of lecture received
  • Time required to master software
  • Students need structure and guidance
  • Freshman dont do OptionalNeither do Sophomores,
    Juniors and Seniors
  • Must figure out ways to focus our energy on
    students who NEED to be in the lab

12
Outcomes
  • Student contact hours has increased
  • Students are more accountable
  • Student can see their progress at any point
  • Less papers to grade for faculty
  • DFW rate dropped from 65 to 51.

13
Recommendations
  • Faculty, staff, undergraduate tutors need ongoing
    training
  • Evenly distribute the number of assignment due
    dates by day of the week and have rolling
    deadlines.
  • Faculty should accompany students to the lab for
    5 10 minutes. Students seem to attempt work if
    faculty is coming to check on them.
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