Finding the Right Balance when Redesigning a Pre-Calculus Course with Online Software
Monday, November 14 4:20-4:40 PM Location: Whitney
Abstract: Course redesign began in 1999 with the work of Dr. Carol A. Twigg and the National Center for Academic Transformation. The use of information technology to enhance teaching and learning is the fundamental feature of course redesign. Following the success of Dr. Twigg’s work in the early 2000s, course redesign spread to many institutions, particularly for high-enrollment, introductory-level courses. This session will describe the redesign of a Pre-Calculus course at a large, public state university. This particular redesign used a replacement model whereby one hour in a computer laboratory replaced one of the four hours of lecture. Students used the online mastery-based software, MyMathLab, in the lab as well as outside of class. We will share results regarding student success rates in Pre-Calculus and subsequent mathematics courses. We will discuss issues related to the use of the software and our efforts to address the issues.