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Introduction to computing. Nancy Howell The University of Southern Mississippi March 23, 2009. Overview of Redesign Project. The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, Mississippi Introduction to Computing

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introduction to computing

Introduction to computing

Nancy Howell

The University of Southern Mississippi

March 23, 2009

overview of redesign project
Overview of Redesign Project
  • The University of Southern Mississippi
    • Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Introduction to Computing
    • Annual Enrollment: 700 Students in 26 Sections with up to 50 Students per Section
  • Traditional format: Face-to-Face Lecture or Online
  • Goals
    • Enhance Students’ Engagement
    • Minimize Course Drift
    • Keep Pace with Advances in Technology
    • Optimize Utilization of Teaching Resources
    • Anchor the Foundation for Lifelong Learning
  • Status: Pilot
initial planning
Initial Planning
  • Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) Mississippi Course Redesign Initiative
  • Partnered with NCAT
  • Program to Support Redesign Projects
  • Redesign Workshop in November 2007
  • Application to Continue
    • February 2008 Workshop
    • Invitation to Submit Proposal in June 2008
  • Timing
  • Face It: Enhance Students’ Engagement
initial planning cont
Initial Planning (cont.)
  • Building Support
    • Director, School of Computing
    • Administration
  • IHL and University Commitment to Redesign
    • One of 6 IHL-Funded Redesign Projects @ Southern Miss
  • Hattiesburg and Gulf Coast Campuses
  • Building Consensus with Faculty
    • Engage the Students
    • Encourage Active Learning
    • Provide Students with Individualized Assistance
  • Including Technical and Administrative Staff
    • Plan and Design Lab Space
    • Obtain Computer Systems for Lab
learning materials
Learning Materials
  • Learning Management System: Blackboard
    • University-supported
    • Mail
    • Tracking
    • Assignments Due Each Week
    • Assessments with Automated Grading
      • Weekly Low-stakes Quizzes
      • Module Tests and Exam
    • Grades
  • Content: Cengage Learning
    • Textbooks: Computer Concepts and Microsoft Office
    • PowerPoint Lecture Slides
    • Test Bank of Questions for Quizzes/Tests
staffing
Staffing
  • Traditional: 13 Different Instructors Teaching a Total of 26 Sections
    • 4 Professors
    • 2 Instructors
    • 4 Graduate Teaching Assistants
    • 3 Adjunct
  • Planned Redesign:
    • 2 Professors
    • 1 Instructor (Course Coordinator)
    • 3 Graduate Teaching Assistants
alternate staffing
Alternate Staffing
  • Redesign Pilot
    • 1 Professor
    • 1 Instructor (Course Coordinator)
    • 1 Graduate Teaching Assistant
    • 2 Undergraduate Teaching Assistants
      • Peer Tutors/Lab Monitors/Graders
  • Full Implementation
    • 2 Professors
    • 1 Instructor (Course Coordinator)
    • 1 Graduate Teaching Assistant
    • 2 Undergraduate Teaching Assistants
      • Peer Tutors/Lab Monitors/Graders