1 Carol Weideman, Ph.D. Sandy Cohen, M.S. June 2014
2 Background Course Design with Assessments Components of the Course Course Outcomes Student Feedback Lessons Learned
3 St. Petersburg College Quick Facts SPC - established in Campuses in Pinellas County First FCS college to offer baccalaureate degrees; 1,168 ( ) FTE: 21, Graduates: 6,149 Fall 2013 credit enrollment: 33,363 (unduplicated) 3
4 In 2013, The Florida Legislature passed a law that exempts students who received standard public high school diplomas after 2006 or those in the active military from taking placement tests. Many non-stem students enroll and perform poorly in MAT 1033, Intermediate Algebra which is currently the gateway course for all general education mathematics offerings
5 Pass rates for MAT 1033 in Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 were 57%, 50%, 57% and 49% while withdrawal rates were 20%,13%, 14%, and 11% respectively. In light of the legislation and recognizing that 55% of students enroll in non-stem general education math courses, such as Statistics and Liberal Arts Mathematics courses, a new gateway course was developed to meet their needs.
6 Which students need this new gateway course? Students who do not need MAC1105 for their course of study. Students who want and need a realistic approach to the study of mathematics. Students who want and need to improve their critical thinking and problem solving skills. Students who are active participants in their learning and who work well in groups. Students who want to learn how to communicate mathematically.
7 This course builds the foundation for understanding selected concepts taken from algebra, set theory, logic, geometry, probability and statistics. Critical thinking skills, problem solving strategies, communicating mathematically and appropriate use of technology is incorporated throughout the course via activities and projects.
8 A committee of mathematics faculty used the major learning outcomes and objectives from the Statistics course STA2023 and the two Liberal Arts Math courses (MGF1106, MGF 1107) to develop a course outline for MAT1100. The main goal of this new gateway course is for students to be successful in the subsequent courses that they take to fulfill their mathematics general education requirements.
9 Learning Outcomes: 1. The student will apply fundamental mathematical properties. 2. The student will demonstrate an understanding of algebraic concepts. 3. The student will demonstrate an understanding of graphing 4. The student will apply basic concepts of set theory and mathematical logic 5. The student will apply basic concepts in geometry 6. The student will apply basic concepts in probability and statistics
10 The student will receive three college elective credits for a grade of D or higher. A minimum grade of C is a prerequisite for MGF1106, MGF1107, STA2023 The class meets two days per week and serves as an alternative to Intermediate Algebra for non-stem majors. We are using the textbook Math Lit by Almy and Foes, published by Pearson.
11 The book was designed to support pathways courses such as Mathematical Literacy for College Students (MLCS), which are onesemester courses for non-math and nonscience majors. MLCS integrates numeracy, proportional reasoning, algebraic reasoning, and functions. These topics match the course outline developed by SPC faculty for MAT 1100.
12 The book is divided into cycles which increase in depth as the course develops. Each cycle begins with a Focus Problem. Each cycle includes all four strands numeracy, proportional reasoning, algebraic reasoning and functions. The Focus Problem is revisited several times during each cycle. MyMathLab homework and quizzes are designed to reinforce the four strands.
13 The course includes four assessment categories: Homework (MyMathLab): It is assigned for each section discussed in class. Cycle Quizzes (MyMathLab): Students must complete the associated homework with a score of 60% to gain access to the quiz. Three attempts are allowed for each cycle quiz. The highest grade for each quiz is used.
14 Projects: There are four team projects during the semester. A grading rubric is provided for each project. Portfolios: The portfolios are due at the end of each cycle in the textbook. It consists of two self assessments, a vocabulary check, a concept and application review and a selfevaluation. Each student submits their own portfolio for each cycle.
15 Course grades are calculated from the four assessment categories as follows: Homework: 30% Quizzes: 20% Projects: 20% Portfolio: 30%
16 What Can Be Learned????
18 Students will work in groups. Using the roundtable rules below, complete the origami activity using the blank paper provided. Time allowed: 10 minutes!
19 1. Fold the paper in half lengthwise, then unfold. 2. Fold the paper in half again from top to the bottom. 3. From the fold, fold the left and right corners to the center to form a triangle. 4. Fold up the bottom flap along the base of the triangle. 5. Turn the paper over. 6. Like Step 4, fold up the bottom flap. 7. Put the hat on and you're done!
20 Show your team s work to the class What makes this type of activity challenging? How do order and accuracy affect the final product? How do small errors in early steps get magnified as the process continues?
21 You will graduate from SPC in May 2015 and suppose you have three job offers.
22 You will graduate from SPC in May 2015 and suppose you have three job offers. 1. Which job offer would you take? 2. List three things that are most important to you in looking for a job. 3. List three things that are nice, but are not necessary for you to select a particular job. 4. List three things that would make you turn down a job offer.
23 Self-assessment includes: What did you like about the project? What didn t you like about the project? Did everyone contribute equally? What grade do you think you will earn?
24 Self Assessment: from textbook beginning of cycle, end of cycle
25 Vocabulary Check: from textbook
26 Concepts and Applications Multi-step questions requiring problem solving and critical thinking skills Self-Evaluation: Students write a one page evaluation discussing the following: What new concepts did you learn? What new vocabulary and applications did you learn? Discuss progress from the first self- assessment to the second self-assessment.
27 Spring 2014: 2 sections offered at two SPC campuses: St. Petersburg Gibbs & Tarpon Springs Enrollment for each section fixed at 30 students Initially one section per campus was offered but these sections filled within a week An additional section was added at each campus
28 Gender Females 62% Males 38% Age < 22 years 39% years 15% years 14% years 14% years 15% > 60 years 4% Prior Math Experience % Students who had taken MAT0024/MAT Students who were successful in MAT0024/MAT Students who had taken MAT
29 MAT1990: Pass rate: 80.7% for four sections (119 students) F and WF: 15.2% Withdrawals: 1.7% Course Completions: 94% of students completed the course MAT1033: Pass rate: 48.8% (1,888 students) F and WF: 28% Withdrawals: 11.1%
30 Summer 2014 MGF1106: 12 students enrolled MGF1107: 6 students enrolled STA2023: 1 student enrolled Fall 2014 MGF1106: 18 students enrolled MGF1107: 13 students enrolled STA2023: 8 student enrolled
31 Summer: 4 sections offered; one at each of the four main SPC campuses (Clearwater, Seminole, Gibbs, Tarpon) Enrollment for each section is fixed at 30 students 104 total students enrolled Fall 8 sections offered at five SPC campuses (Clearwater, Downtown, Seminole, Gibbs, Tarpon) Enrollment for each section is fixed at 30 students 128 students enrolled so far
32 We asked students to provide feedback midsemester (March) through a short anonymous survey The survey was administered in class for two sections and electronically for two sections Response rate: 73%
33 3% 10% 9% Advisor Academic Chair 11% 67% Professor I had in a previous course Professor I have in this course Other
34 1% 21% 78% Agree Disagree Neutral
35 1% 21% 78% Agree Disagree Neutral
36 25% Low High 51% Medium 16% 8% Virtually nonexistent
37 6% 23% 71% A B C
38 46% 46% MGF1106/Liberal Arts I MGF1107/Liberal Arts II STA2023/Statistics 8%
39 I m loving this course. It is math that is necessary for everyday life. Less anxiety about big tests and finals This course has brought a new confidence, that was previously non-existent. I feel less anxiety here than usual in math. I find the critical thinking in this course to be rewarding because I use this math in everyday of my life. I've never felt this comfortable in a math course such as this one This course was extremely helpful, without all the anxiety, the pace was just right
40 Use a traditional classroom, rather than computer lab Visit Learning Support Center periodically so students can work on MML homework Keep class size fixed at 30 students Incorporate in-class group work to reflect graded projects Have homework due every week to keep students on task Allow re-do of homework until one week before end of semester Have in-class assessments
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