Mathematics Case Studies

Innovative Developmental Math Solution Improves Educational Outcomes at Borough of Manhattan Community College

As a full-time mathematics lecturer at CUNY BMCC, Professor Dale Dawes (who teaches everything from developmental mathematics through calculus) sees math anxiety in students young and old, in all of his classes.

In the past, Dawes struggled to identify struggling students, and then find time to provide individualized help to each of them. Furthermore, the process of grading mathematics assignments was taking up much of the time he’d prefer to spend giving those students the one-on-one attention that they need.

But now, thanks to Enhanced WebAssign® (EWA), Dawes has more freedom to offer his students individualized assistance. EWA is a cloud-based learning and feedback tool designed to promote critical thinking, automate the grading process, and provide students and instructors with real-time performance evaluations and results. Dawes, who uses EWA across all of his Mathematics courses, is a devoted user of EWA due to the flexibility it offers—from both the student and instructor perspectives. For instance, instructors can implement as much or as little of their content & rules in it, while students have a broad choice of ways to learn the data.
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Bridge Program with EWA a Success for Incoming MSU Students

At Michigan State University, math professors wanted to give students the opportunity to get ahead before they even started. For students who have been newly admitted
to Michigan State and have been placed into Intermediate Algebra, MSU offers the opportunity to take Freshman Math Initiative (FMI) Summer Transition Program: a summer bridge course that helps students acquire the necessary skills to advance and successfully complete College Algebra in their first semester.

Faculty’s vision was student success without undue burden on the student. Another program goal was to enable students to be exposed to a college course and develop the academic skills needed to succeed in their first year of college. Because success of this program is highly dependent on student engagement, participation, and effort, MSU adopted Enhanced WebAssign® as the primary method of delivering the course content.

In this Case Study, you’ll learn about the positive outcomes that MSU has seen as a result of instituting this program, including improved exam scores and strong numbers of students who advanced to the next required math class or completed their math requirement.

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Enhanced WebAssign: Increasing Passing Rates in Beginning Algebra

Powerful online homework solution, Enhanced WebAssign, engages classroom learners with immediate feedback, rich tutorial content, and interactive eBooks, helping students to develop a deeper conceptual understanding of their subject matter. With passing rates hovering near 75%, could a redesign of beginning algebra to include online homework increase instructor effectiveness and student engagement and retention? In this study, follow the success of one program at the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay. Read More…