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From Falling Star to Rising Star in Developmental Mathematics

Name of Event: National Association of Developmental Education Conference 2014
Place of Event: Dallas, TX
Date of Event: March 6, 2014
Title of breakout or keynote address: From Falling Star to Rising Star in Developmental Mathematics
Name(s) and Affiliation of Speaker(s): Leslie Whiston, University of South Alabama; Nancy Williams, University of South Alabama
What were some sample outcomes of the project or instructional strategies?:

This presentation covered the “Rising Star Approach” which involves using PowerPoint and Smart Board instruction, iClicker response systems, and My Math Lab. This approach provides structured support to enhance student success and retention.

What were some important elements or characteristics of the project or instructional strategies?:

This approach is a blended emporium classroom model that uses diagnostic assessment and placement, engages students through technology, and provides structured support. Courses were redesigned to require one day in the classroom and one day in the computer lab, in addition to 100 out of class lab minutes. In the classroom, instructors cover necessary concepts using Smart Board technology and iClicker questions. In the lab, students work through assignments, quizzes, and tests in My Math Lab with teachers and tutors present in the lab.

The approach focuses on two main areas of structured support:

1) Study Skills : Students are given an assignment checklist and are required to keep a class binder. During lab time, the instructor does weekly notebook checks. The instructor also gives students written and email reminders of due dates.

2) Math Technology Lab : The lab is open 71 hours per week, with hours every day of the week. Instructors are present many days of the week, and the lab is staffed with 14 tutors.

Some developmental mathematics students also participate in a Summer Bridge and “Stretch for Success Program” that offer addition support.

Are there any outstanding names in the research that were referred to in the workshop? Please list.:

Reported by: Katie Fehrenbacher

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