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Designing for Student Success:  Adaptive/Active Learning

Friday, October 25  |  9am-10:30am  |  Anatol Center  |  REGISTER  

Lightning Talk Speakers

Dr. Amanda Brindley Holton
Dr. Amanda Brindley Holton, UCI, Biophysical Chemistry

Starting this year, in certain introductory Chemistry courses, we offered concurrent supplemental instruction designed with significant just-in-time and adaptive elements to address the large variety in student behavior. In this presentation, I will share the types of elements we’re using and the results on student learning so far.

Dr. Jen-Mei Chang
Dr. Jen-Mei Chang, CSULB Mathematics and Statistics

See this recent article published in The LAist news site featuring Dr. Chang:
Cal State Scrapped 'Remedial' Math, And So Far Students Are Getting Along Fine

Starting in 2012, CSULB began offering a 1-or 3-unit Early Start Mathematics courses to students who satisfied the university’s admissions requirement without being ready for college-level mathematics. This course was designed to improve students' success in their subsequent GE math requirements.  However, average pass rates were consistently below 10 percent for students who took the 1-unit ESM class. 

In the summer of 2017, I restructured the ESM class and adopted a self-paced learning system called ALEKS Placement, Preparation, and Learning (PPL) to gain a precise understanding of students’ mathematics knowledge. ALEKS PPL is adaptive – it provides insight into what each student knows and is ready to learn with a single personalized, open-response assessment. Students who completed the course using ALEKS showed improved completion rates in their first semester-long mathematics class.

  • ALEKS PPL Case Study with CSULB provides implementation details and outcomes.
  • ALEKS PPL is adaptive – it provides insight into what each student knows and is ready to learn with a single personalized, open-response assessment covering 314 topics in 30 questions or less.

ALEKS PPL Case Study

ALEKS PPL allows teachers to have a comprehensive understanding of their learners’ mathematics knowledge mastery level. This type of information is extremely useful in curriculum 

aleks items in toc order

ALEKS PPL is able to tell the teachers exactly how much progress students make. 

2018 early start math at csulb


Dr. Liz Barnett
Dr. Liz Barnett, CSULB Sociology

This semester, I taught in a different department (Sociology vs. Human Development), and adopted the syllabi prepared by a previous instructor. To support the students’ comprehension of reading materials, I created online quizzes for students to test their knowledge and do practice problems at home at their own pace.