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Transform Developmental Education with Contextualized, Modular, Digital Curriculum _____________ League for Innovation in the Community College 2013. #INND13 #382.

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Transform Developmental Education with Contextualized, Modular, Digital Curriculum _____________League for Innovation in the Community College 2013

#INND13 #382

Massachusetts Community Colleges and Workforce Development Transformation Agenda (MCCWDTA) is 100% funded by a $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration TAACCCT. Grant Agreement #TC-22505-11-60-A-25.

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The Transformation Agenda is a collaborative effort of Massachusetts’ 15 community colleges, in partnership with the state’s ABE and workforce development system and leaders within in six major industry sectors.


Unique opportunities

Unique Opportunities

“This grant is not about tinkering, it’s about transformation. This is not about getting more students to enroll, it’s about getting more students to graduation day and into good jobs.”

- Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education

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  • Collaboration of all 15 MA community colleges

  • 100% funded by a $20 million grant from the US Department of Labor, Employment and Administration TAACCCT with dual goals:

    • Structural, systemic change: Redesign programs and services to accelerate attainment of certificates, degrees and employment for low-skilled, un- and under-employed MA residents

    • Student attainment and jobs: Enroll 4,000 students, track academic progress and jobs

Contextualizing developmental and adult basic education

Contextualizing Developmental and Adult Basic Education

Timeline: June 2012 – March 2013

  • Develop research report on key contextualized models

  • Organize state-wide Faculty Design Team

  • Develop contextualized curriculum template

  • Identify initial math/literacy topics and industries

  • Engage industry partners in identifying core skills

  • Develop scenarios based on industry input

Timeline cont

Timeline, cont.

  • Implement Curriculum Design workshops with Dev Ed & ABE faculty and industry partners

  • Finalize curriculum and begin implementation

  • Concept state-wide regional PD sessions to plan implementation and collect feedback

  • Update modules based on feedback (including creating two levels for scenarios and adding video)

  • Create model for fully online student module

Contextualized models research

Contextualized Models Research

  • Many models for contextualization, designed to address range of challenges in existing programs

  • Key benefits of contextualized models:

    • Can be flexible and adaptable

    • Can enhance engagement and motivation by providing relevancy to workforce skills

    • Can accelerate pace of access to college courses

    • Can address challenges in design of traditional developmental and basic skills education

  • Contextualization Report link: http://go.edc.org/MCCWDTAReport

  • Contextualized modules overview

    Contextualized Modules Overview

    • 24 Contextualized Modules, available as OER

    • Standards: Common Core and Adult Basic Ed

    • Industries: Healthcare, Advanced Manufacturing, IT

    • Math Topics:

      • Measurement/Estimation/Modeling

      • Charts/Graphs/Tables/Data Analysis/ Statistics

      • Percents/Fractions/Decimals

      • Rates/Ratios/Proportions

    • Literacy Topics:

      • Oral Communication

      • Written Communication

      • Integrate and Present Information

      • Read and Comprehend Technical/Informative text

    Module components

    Module Components

    • Description: Brief Title, Industry, Content Area, Core Skill

    • Standards: Common Core State and Adult Basic Ed

    • Industry: Overview, with video about various job roles

    • Scenario: How the skill is used in the workplace – developed at two reading levels

    • Instructional context: Focused on adult learner

    • Learning activities: Contextualized to scenario

    • Glossary: Hyperlinked throughout module

    • Test items: Contextualized to scenario

    • Project: Contextualized to scenario

    • Additional resources: Multimedia and/or other resources

    Module implementation

    Module Implementation

    • Flexible: Use one or many

    • Adaptable: For a range of courses, students, programs, paces and for remixing

    • Focus: Choose by core topic or industry

    • Learning Community: Discuss stories, feedback, resources, products, adaptations

    • Share: Website and modules available as OER



    Contextualized Curriculum Modules


    Fully Online Module: Reading Technical Information


    Username: mccwdta

    Password: mccwdta

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    Q & A

    Thank you

    Thank You!

    Philip Sisson

    Provost & Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs

    Middlesex Community College


    Dale H. Allen, Ph.D.

    Vice President for Community Engagement, Quinsigamond Community College

    Project Director, Massachusetts Community Colleges Workforce Development Transformation Agenda


    Erin Earnst, EDC EdTech Leaders Online


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