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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

Modularized Math with Software: ModMath

Greta Harris-Hardland

Tarrant County College


What is modmath

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

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

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

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

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


Comparing success rates of modmath and traditional math students

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

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]

NCPR IS FUNDED BY THE INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION SCIENCES OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

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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