Getting Started with Course Redesign Tammy Muhs, Ph.D. Assistant Chair, Mathematics Department University of Central Florida NCAT Redesign Scholar
Webinar Agenda • IDENTIFY the problem(s) • CHOOSEthe learning technology, text, and method of delivery that best fit your goals • BUILD an assessment plan • WORK collaboratively • START small • Questions and Answers
UCF Redesign Goals Why did we consider a mathematics course redesign? • Increase learning outcomes and success rates while decreasing cost* and withdrawal rates • Received the NCAT Grant in Spring 2008 • Cost* - this goal was added as a requirement for the NCAT participation
Why are you considering a course redesign? • A) Current success rate of students • B) Budget concerns • C) Space concerns • D) Administration request or requirement • E) Creation of online or blended learning options • F) Two or more of the above • G) None of the above
Choose the learning technology, text, and method of delivery that best fit your goals…
What redesign models can you use? • Emporium (Lab) Model*** • Replacement (Hybrid) Model*** • Supplemental Model • Fully Online Model ***Typically produces the best results (student learning and cost) for Mathematics courses
How does UCF run their classes/lectures, administer exams, and support students? • Students spend one hour in class • review concepts from the previous week • highlight upcoming material • receive administration information
MALL Hours: Students spend a required three hours in the Mathematics Assistance and Learning Lab (MALL) • Online hw and quiz assignments are completed for the most part in the lab • Proctored environment • MALL staff provide on-demand assistance for students
Online Testing: • Testing is completed online in a proctored environment using a password system • Immediate feedback • Free response questions or multiple choice • Challenge week • ADA time accommodation adjustments • Integrity violations almost non-existent • Cost savings
Which model do you think would be most appropriate for your institution? A) Emporium (Lab) Model B) Replacement (Hybrid) Model C) Supplemental Model D) Fully Online Model
Use of Technology • Current Trend nationwide • Provides for immediate feedback • Reduces grading • Addresses the needs of our students • Anytime, anywhere learning • Flexibility • Delivery system that they are accustomed to using
Interactive Online Learning Environment • How much do you believe the Help me solve this feature helped you learn College Algebra? (Fall 2011; n=1266) • 92.1% of students replied with either very much or somewhat
What learning technology choices do I have? Will the technology and associated textbook be used in • face-to-face classes? • blended (hybrid) classes? • a lab setting? • completely online classes?
Does my institution require use of a specific LMS? • Integration concerns • Provision of technical support? • Technical support for students and faculty • Progress monitoring? • Does the technology support
Does the course you are considering for redesign currently have an established assessment plan? A) Yes B) No C) I don’t know
Assessment is a major part of pedagogy • We cannot state that students are learning unless we have evidence to support the claim. • We do not know if or how to change our strategies unless we have analyzed the data from measures. • We cannot develop our effectiveness as teachers unless we synthesize the results of multiple assessments to improve our performance.
Purpose of Assessment The purpose of Assessment is to provide a continuous process of • planning • measuring • analyzing results • using the results to make informed decisions • preferably, this will lead to improvements
Assessing the Program • Well defined learning goals • Well defined learning objectives • Two measures for each • Consistency • Identifying reasons for variability
Work Collaboratively! Get everyone—and keep everyone—on the same page…
Faculty buy-in and Administrative Involvement: • Creating a workable plan • Sell the plan, keep everyone informed • Faculty should be consulted on all decisions
Team Meetings and Technology Tools: • UCF team meets weekly to discuss content as well as plan curriculum and assessment • UCF used the “coordinator” function of MyMathLab
What was “small” for UCF? • UCF is the 2nd largest in the country • Fall 2013 enrollment 59,770 • One of Florida’s eleven public universities • Academic Programs: • 91 Bachelor’s • 86 Master’s • 3 Specialist • 30 Doctoral • 1 Professional (Medicine)
Our pilot was 941 students! • Most successful redesigns have started with a pilot and continued until fully implemented • Add additional technology as comfortable • Some institutions start with homework and then add quizzes, tests, adaptive learning, multimedia, study plan, etc.