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WELCOME TO THE ADULT LEARNING ACADEMY: MATH EDITION !. Debbie Char Assistant Professor of Mathematics Developmental Math Coordinator St. Louis Community College dchar@stlcc.edu. THINK HEALTHCARE WORKERS DON’T NEED MATH ?. Think again!.

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Debbie Char

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Developmental Math Coordinator

St. Louis Community College

dchar@stlcc.edu

Think again!

### The mean age for onset of a disease is 15. Can a 5-year-old get the disease?

As many as

3,000 to 6,800 deaths are caused annually by medication math errors.

HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS NEED TO KNOW MATH!

### But not everyone is ready

for the math required in Healthcare

training courses

(ALA)

### ALA:

COMPASS TEST PLACES STUDENTS INTO ONE OR BOTH SUBJECTS

MATH 020

### A new cohort begins every 2 weeks. Our 16 cohorts so far total 168 students.

SELF-PACED

Students have taken from 1 to 22 weeks to complete ALA Pre-Algebra (Math 020), Average completion time: 5 – 6 weeks.

CONTEXTUALIZED

All word problems are related to healthcare.

MODULARIZED,

COMPETENCY-BASED

Eight modules:

a student must score at least 75% on the test for one module before continuing to the next.

INTENSIVE

Students are expected to spend at least 20 hours per week in the ALA (including Reading, Writing, and Math)

OPEN-SOURCE VIDEOS

Khan Academy math videos and practice exercises are available free of charge, anywhere a student has internet access.

HANDS-ON, SMALL-GROUP WORKSHOPS

Workshops provide an overview of each unit, offering hands-on activities and emphasizing important points in the unit.

PERSONAL ATTENTION

At least one Instructor or Educational Assistant is available five days a week to answer questions.

PRE-ALGEBRA

FLOWCHART

### The First Thirteen Cohorts

Between February 11 and August 23, 2013, 135 students started Math ALA. Here are their results:

61% completed all 8 units

Mean time to completion: 5.6 weeks

Mean improvement in Compass score: 21.5 points

We have expanded the ALA to include an Elementary Algebracourse in the same format!