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A Report on Choosing an Online Homework Delivery System. N. Leveille March 3, 2008 CMS Seminar . Choosing a Homework Delivery System. University of Houston-Downtown Wireless campus Open-admissions Diverse student population Urban Mid-sized (11,297 students Spring 2008)

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choosing a homework delivery system
Choosing a Homework Delivery System

University of Houston-Downtown

Wireless campus

Open-admissions

Diverse student population

Urban

Mid-sized (11,297 students Spring 2008)

Mandate to improve from university administration

pass rate

student satisfaction

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Department course materials for College Algebra Math 1301

student syllabus

textbook

homework assignments

final exam review sheet

required, comprehensive, multiple-choice, 40 question final exam

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The Process Leading to Change

CMS Faculty criteria for revising curriculum (Stimpson et al., 2001)

A conceptual orientation (MAA-CUPM, 2005)

Real world applications

Meaningful incorporation of technology

Active student participation (Seeley, 2004)

Improved student understanding

In order to increase the time and effort students

spend on homework

study for tests

Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) designed by UHD and CMS based on State of Texas Core Competencies for new learning objectives (Kuh, Kinzie, Cruce, Shoup, and Gonyea, 2007)

Modeling with functions

Reasoning appropriately

Interpreting and using function notation

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The change in the homework process was part of a major redesign effort to modernize the course and include best practices from current research literature.

Identified as one of three key bottleneck courses in the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)

Data driven

Longitudinal study

Collaborative effort

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IT concerns

Support personnel neither available nor trained to support potentially large numbers of students needing IT support

Confidentiality and record retention issues

Concerns resolved

All publisher finalists were willing to provide ongoing support

All publisher finalists were in the process of upgrading their access and security procedures

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A sample of publisher web sites:

www.educosoft.com

www.ilrn.com/ilrn

www.mhhe.com/hm

www.coursecompass.com

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Math 1301 Pass Rates (Waller, 2005, 2007; *Leveille, 2007)

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Fall 1998 Spring 1999 Fall 1999 Spring 2000 Fall 2000

37% 37% 35% 29% 39%

N=908 N=786 N=977 N=595 N=976

Spring 2001 Fall 2001 Spring 2002 Fall 2002 Spring 2003

33% 37% 32% 36% 35%

N=809 N=1036 N=801 N=962 N=832

Fall 2003 Fall 2004 Fall 2005 Fall 2006* Fall 2007

39% 38% 44% 56% 48%

N=1035 N=1053 N=1023 N=623

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College Algebra Pass Rates During Pilot Study

Fall 2006 56%

Traditional Online Homework

51% 63%

Spring 2007 52%

Traditional Online Homework

50% 57%

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Comparison in Spring 2007 Pass Rates

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Available to College Algebra students as of Fall 2007

Supplemental Instruction (Gardner, Barefoot, & Swing, 2001)

Mandatory hours in study sessions (selected sections)

Online practice quiz to obtain chapter study plans

Online homework

Online grade book

Publisher’s online resources

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Online materials in development

Spring 2008

Additional types of homework problems

Chapter quizzes

Chapter Reviews

Tests

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The future will show if the department has truly utilized a sustainable approach (Hargreaves, 2007) consistent with changes proposed by such organizations as the

American Mathematical Association (2005)

American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (2006)

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM, 2000).

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References

American Association of Two-Year Colleges. (2006). Beyond crossroads: Implementing

mathematics standards in the first two years of college. Memphis, TN: Author.

Hargreaves, A. (2007). Notes from the 5-9-07 Webinar “Sustainable school improvement.” Retrieved April 9, 2007, from the Kappa Delta Pi e-Chapter Web site: http://www.kdp.org

Gardner, J., Barefoot, B., and Swing, R. (2001). Guidelines for evaluating: The first-year experience at four-year colleges (2nd ed.). Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, National Resource Center for the First Year Experience and Students in Transition.

Kuh, G., Kinzie, J., Cruce, T., Shoup, R., and Gonyea, R. (2007). Connecting the dots: Multi-faceted analyses of the relationship between student engagement results from the NSSE, and the institutional practices and conditions that foster student success. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Bloomington, Center for Postsecondary Research. Retrieved September 1, 2007, from: http://nsse.iub.edu/pdf/connecting_the_dots_report.pdf

Leveille, N. (2007, October 12). Choosing a Web Based Homework Delivery System. Paper presented at the 2007Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Educators in Texas.

Mathematical Association of America Committee on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics. (2005). Develop mathematical thinking and communication skills. Retrieved July 6, 2005, from the MAA-CUPM Web site: http://www.maa.org/cupm/ill_ref/part1/2.html

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. (2000). Principles and standards for school mathematics. Reston, VA: The Council.

Seeley, C. (2004). Engagement as a tool for equity. NCTM News Bulletin, 41(4), 3.

Stimpson, V., D’Ambrosio, B., Fernandez, C., Grouws, D., Lester, F., Najee-Ullah, D., Reys, R., and Thorpe, J. (2001). Supporting communities of inquiry and practice. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 32(5), 444-447.

Waller, W. (2007). Math 1301. Houston, TX: University of Houston-Downtown, QEP internal memorandum.

Waller, W. (2005). Results. Houston, TX: University of Houston-Downtown, Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences, internal memorandum.

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Thank You

N. Leveille

leveillen@uhd.edu

http://cms.dt.uh.edu/Faculty/Leveillen

Research funded by a

Quality Enhancement Plan Curriculum Development Grant

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