Innovators Speak: Implementing Corequisites in Texas

For the second installation of our Innovators Speak series, we asked Dr. Rebecca Goosen about her experience implementing the corequisite model in Texas. She is a developmental educator and administrator at the forefront of course redesign, and took some time to share her thoughts Please describe your experience with the corequisite model.
I am the district administrator for developmental education at San Jacinto College. We had a Demonstration Grant from Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and were asked to try integrating reading and writing as well as do some early testing of the corequisite models in Mathematics. We quickly Read More…

How MindTap Math Foundations Enhanced My Class

Contributor: Yvette Hassakoursian, Glendale Community College (Glendale, CA) The first time I saw MindTap Math Foundations (MTMF) I was astounded by all the implications and possibilities.  MTMF is an all-inclusive solution for all different kinds of learners and all different kinds of instructors.  I had the opportunity to try MTMF with my class and here are the top three ways MTMF benefited myself and my students.

Top Three Benefits of MindTap Math Foundations

Tracking student progress

The student landing page has a modern feel that students can relate to and it beautifully encapsulates their Math past, present and future. The left side has Read More…

Gaining Insights into Student and Class Learning

Contributor: Michael Lafreniere, Ohio University-Chillicothe. As another college semester unfolds, learning is most certainly taking place—right? Yet, how can we be sure? We have collected student work, evaluated their problem solving skills, and assessed their learning with assignments, quizzes, and exams.  All of these items are like “individual jewels” for us to use as teachers…to piece together in an effort to hopefully form a complete “mosaic” of a student’s or class’s accomplishment in learning. Regardless of your discipline or preference with using digital tools, we can use traditional means of collecting assessment scores and aggregate these scores as averages or rank order Read More…

Mathematics Journey with Enhanced WebAssign® Saves Time, Provides Better Service, and Improves Engagement and Test Scores

For twenty-eight years, Anna Cox has been teaching all levels of mathematics from numerical skills through calculus at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Michigan. As an innovator always looking for new ways to use technology to engage students, Anna has taken a unique approach to teaching her courses. Anna’s class is currently taught using what she describes as a “hybrid flipped” model. On their time, students watch videos and take notes on a corresponding worksheet; then, in class, Anna summarizes the material, then spends the majority of class time on problem solving activities, which generally take place at the classroom’s whiteboards.

After learning more about Mathematics Journey with Enhanced WebAssign during the the 2014 American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges meeting, Anna decided to pilot it in her Intermediate Algebra course. Once she began the pilot semester, Anna found that the solution was a natural fit for her hybrid flipped classroom.

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Student Exceeds Her Own Expectations with Enhanced WebAssign

Sabrina Green says she studies every chance she gets—the trick is finding the chance. A full-time student at Borough of Manhattan Community College, she also works afternoons and evenings. Having a full schedule can be stressful, and adding a math course to the mix raises the anxiety level even higher for many, including Sabrina. Thanks to Enhanced WebAssign (EWA), which provided online guidance in elementary algebra whenever she needed it, her fears dissipated and she earned a better grade (by far) than she expected.
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Four Tips to Help Your Students Get the Most Out of Enhanced WebAssign

Contributor: Solomon L. Willis, Cleveland Community College (Shelby, NC)
By following these four tips, you can ensure that your students get the most out of Enhanced WebAssign and experience first-hand how the program promotes conceptual understanding and improves their chances for success. Tip #1: Make Setting Up an Account Easy!
I have personally been using Enhanced WebAssign since 2009 with various math courses. To ensure that my students get the most out of Enhanced WebAssign, I start by mentioning on my course syllabus that access to the software will be required and I print the Class Key directly along Read More…

The Testing Effect: Changing Student Behavior with Enhanced WebAssign®

Contributor: Rochelle Beatty, Program Manager, TeamUP Peer-to-Peer Faculty Development. Have you ever taken the time to compare the results of your first test to the final grades in your course? If so, you probably noticed a correlation between passing the first exam and passing the course or even persisting until the end of the semester. I remember my mentor explaining this phenomenon to me during my first year teaching college (25+ years ago) and over the years I have realized, she was correct. In fact, we noticed that only about 40% of our students were successful in passing Read More…

Academic Benefits of Requiring Enhanced WebAssign

Contributor: Willem Wallinga, Fisher College (Boston, MA).

Since 2012, Enhanced WebAssign has been a required component for every mathematics course at Fisher College in Boston, MA. During this time, I have directly observed the academic benefits at every level, from Pre-Algebra to Multivariable Calculus. In this article, I will summarize a few of the benefits that make teaching and learning mathematics with Enhanced WebAssign a superior experience over traditional methods.
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The Velocity of Learning: Differentiating With Respect to Time

Guest Contributor: Daniel Roddin, Minnesota School of Business, Elk River Campus.
When people ask me what I do for a living, I tell them I am a teacher, which usually elicits a response of interest and admiration. Then comes the follow up question, “What do you teach?” to which I respond, “Math.” At this point any interest and admiration is usually quickly replaced with repugnance and repulsion which is quite evident by the contorted expression that is now present on their face. Sadly, this is a quite common reaction when it comes to people’s opinion Read More…

Math Doesn’t Change Much… But Teaching It Does!

Contributor: Yvette Hassakoursian, Glendale Community College (Glendale, California).
Although the content of math courses has not changed much over the past few decades, methods of teaching and delivery of material have. The era of lecture and group work is now more extensive and includes many different models. The introduction of technology has welcomed a more dynamic style of teaching, and Enhanced WebAssign (EWA) has taken those prototypes and expanded them even further.
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