WCET's 28th Annual Meeting
 
Adaptive Technology to Increase Recruitment, Readiness, and Retention

Speaker
Moderator: Deborah White, Director of Distance Education, The University of Michigan-Flint
Speaker: Scott Beckett, Distinguished Lecturer, Jacksonville State University
Speaker: Ahrash Bissell, EdReady Project Director, The NROC Project
Speaker: Courtney Peppers-Owen, Director of Learning Services, Jacksonville State University


Description


Income inequality aggravated by unequal educational opportunity directs minorities and students from impoverished backgrounds into remedial math courses, costing them time and money and contributing to attrition. Partnering with The NROC Project, Jacksonville State University has developed a new approach to address math readiness for these students.

Students take JSU EdReady Math Placement upon acceptance and receive individualized study resources.  Once students practice all topics to mastery, they place directly into college-level math. In fall 2015, students who were placed into MS 112 College Algebra using EdReady had a 91% (n=336) pass rate vs a 71% (n=334) pass rate for students who were placed using traditional means.
 
Students unable to master all topics take Fast Forward Algebra, which combines basic and intermediate algebra into one semester and flips the classroom using EdReady. Students watch lectures online before class and spend class time practicing topics to mastery. Accelerating the time frame for remediation places students into college-level math more quickly, saving time and financial aid. In 2014-2015, students passed Fast Forward Algebra at higher rates (64-77%) compared to students in previous years (44-48%).

This session will focus on adaptive online learning with students who are entering a university setting as well as the best practices for blended learning in a remedial math classroom. Results from this scalable, integrated model will be shared.


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