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Designing for Student Success:  Adaptive/Active Learning

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

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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.

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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.

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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 

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aleks items in toc order

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

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2018 early start math at csulb

 

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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.