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Modularized Math with Software: ModMath. Greta Harris-Hardland Tarrant County College. What is ModMath ?. Nine separate modules created from the 3 traditional developmental math courses Each module is a 1-hour, 5-week course. Repetitive topics removed from curriculum

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Modularized Math with Software: ModMath

Greta Harris-Hardland

Tarrant County College


What is ModMath?

  • Nine separate modules created from the 3 traditional developmental math courses

  • Each module is a 1-hour, 5-week course.

  • Repetitive topics removed from curriculum

  • Learning outcomes are aligned from College Algebra to Pre-algebra.

  • Students use MyMathLab (instructional software package from Pearson).

  • Students are assessed with MyMathTest and advised for placement.


Tarrant County College District(Fort Worth Area)

  • TCC has 5 campuses and enrolled over 50,000 students in fall 2011.

  • TCC is the sixth-largest college or university in Texas.

  • In 2006, TCC began reviewing the success rates of students in developmental math courses: Less than 50% pass these courses.


ModMath’s History

  • TCC hosted summit in 2007 with area four-year and two-year institutions.

  • Faculty and administrators defined standard learning outcomes for College Algebra.

  • Faculty “backward mapped” and vertically aligned the learning outcomes needed to reach College Algebra.

  • Faculty created modules using MyMathLab, placement exam using MyMathTest, and example test questions for each instructor to use as reference.


Advantages for the Student

  • “Enters” sequence at different points

  • Receives an individualized plan

  • Can complete remediation faster

  • More remedial options for “near-cut-off” Accuplacer scores

  • May repeat modules


Scale Up

  • ModMath launched in Fall 2008

  • Enrollment in ModMath steadily growing:

    • 406 students enrolled in Spring 2009

    • 1,227 students enrolled in Spring 2010

    • Over 2,000 enrolled in Spring 2012


Comparing Success Rates of ModMath and Traditional Math


Comparing Success Rates of ModMath and Traditional Math Students

  • During the first 4 semesters:

    • In Pre-Algebra, ModMath students’ success rate (rate of receiving at least a “C” grade) was at least 20% higher.

    • In Beginning Algebra, ModMath students’ success rate was at least 12% higher.

    • In Intermediate Algebra, ModMath students’ success rate was at least 13% higher.


FOR MORE INFORMATION

Download event materials and learn more at

www.PostsecondaryResearch.org

For more information about ModMath, contact Greta Harris-Hardland at [email protected]

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and is a partnership of the Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University;

MDRC; the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia; and faculty at Harvard University.


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