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Cooking for the buffet - Individualizing course content to improve learning. NCAT Redesign Alliance Annual Conference Orlando March 19, 2007 Dennis Pearl The Ohio State University. Goal: successful student choice.

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Cooking for the buffet individualizing course content to improve learning

Cooking for the buffet - Individualizing course content to improve learning

NCAT Redesign Alliance Annual Conference

Orlando

March 19, 2007

Dennis Pearl

The Ohio State University


Goal successful student choice
Goal: successful student choice improve learning

“This is not Burger KingTM, You don’t get it your way. You take it our way or you don’t get the damn thing.”

- sign in Mary Smith’s diner in Pickerington, Ohio

- A Las Vegas buffet


The buffet idea
The Buffet Idea improve learning

  • Full complement of nutrition (meet all instructional needs)

  • Serve individual tastes to encourage consumption

  • EEGP-example from life experience, example outside, generalize, practice

  • On-line contract and student tracking



Options in a 3 choice buffet
Options in a 3-choice Buffet improve learning

Large group

Problem solving may be replaced by out-of-class problem solving coupled with on-line mastery quizzing.

Small group



Nuts and bolts issues
Nuts and bolts issues improve learning

  • Common coverage of learning objectives

    • common list of ≈ 10 objectives per week

  • Equalize difficulty

    • to remove as decision metric

  • Support equitable testing

    • makes up about 2/3 of grade


Student performance
Student Performance improve learning

Note: class-to-class variability during 2002-2005 under the buffet model has been ≈ 1.5%


Student retention
Student Retention improve learning

Note: fewer course repetitions means enrollment no longer includes 240 students per year who would be taking the course for the second or third time.