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Middlesex Community College Developmental Math Redesign Preparation For College Math, RAMP-Up. Previous Courses. Current Course. Note: Students who test into MAT 080 t ake MAT 080, Algebra 2 in a traditional lecture class. Students who previously placed into…. Placement.

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Middlesex Community CollegeDevelopmental Math RedesignPreparation For College Math, RAMP-Up


Previous Courses

Current Course

Note:

Students who test into MAT 080

take MAT 080, Algebra 2 in a

traditional lecture class.


Students who previously placed into…

Placement


Preparation for College MathMCC RAMP-Up Math Program

Complete at Least

4

Modules

to Pass

  • Student must complete at least 4 modules in order to pass the class

    • Mastery is required to pass each module (75%)

  • Students can accelerate their progress by completing more than 4 modules

Requires at Least

75%

for Mastery


Working through the Modules

75% or better and the student passes the module.

<75% and the student does a required assignment based on their errors before retesting.

75% or better and the student passes the module.


Use of Khan Academy in Pilot Sections

  • Identified two topics that are typically challenging for students in each Module.

  • Selected a Khan Academy video for each topic.

  • Each video replaces a page in the Module Workbook. Watching the video is not additional work for the student.

  • Students are asked to write out the problem(s) that are worked out in each video.

  • Students answer a short survey after each video.

  • Students hand in completed work for each video.

  • At semester end, Instructors tally number of videos watched and time spent watching videos for each participating student.


Khan Academy Pilot Sections

  • Fall and Spring Semesters:

    • 2 Day sections on the Lowell Campus

    • 1 Day section on the Bedford Campus

    • 1 Evening section on the Bedford Campus

    • 1 Saturday section on the Bedford Campus

  • Summer semester:

    • 1 Day section on the Bedford Campus

    • 1 Evening section on the Bedford Campus


  • MCC RAMP-Up Math Classroom

    • 6 hexagonal pods with 6 computers per pod

    • Faculty instructor and tutor embedded in each section

    • 3 hours of class & 1 hour of lab per week

      • Attendance is mandatory

    • 30 students per section

      • Also room for other students who want to make up missed classes or put in additional time


    Benefits for Students

    • Opportunity to complete the developmental sequence more quickly.

    • More opportunity for one-on-one help.

    • More active learning by students. Students do lots of problems in the course.

    • Flexibility. Students can recover from set-backs more easily.

    • Students start where they left off the previous semester.


    Completion-Fall 2013

    • Succeeded means the student finished the modules equivalent to the course they would have been placed into in the previous developmental sequence.

    • Exceeded means the student finished modules beyond those equivalent to the course they would have been placed into in the previous developmental sequence.


    CompletionTraditional Classroom vs. RAMP-Up


    Persistence


    Contact Information

    Bert Engvall

    Middlesex Community College

    33 Kearney Square

    Lowell, MA 01854

    • [email protected]

    • (978)656-3355


    Outcomes Based on Placement

    * In this context, succeeded means the student finished the modules equivalent to the course they would have been placed in the previous developmental sequence.


    Succeeders & Exceeders Fall 2012


    Student QuotesFrom Spring 2012 Survey

    • I really like the self-paced idea of this class! Traditional math classes can be so boring but This was great being able to work on my own.

    • Very well organized course. I learned a lot from it, and I feel like the material was a lot easier to learn in this course rather than in a classroom setting. I was in this class for two semesters, and both professors were very helpful and pleasant to work with.

    • I would rather a teacher actually teach this class than sit in front of a computer. I think not just myself but others would learn more and faster if it were taught in a classroom environment and there was classroom participation.


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