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Hi Susan,

We use the A+dvancer to first assess the students strengths and
weaknesses. The student will take the computerized assessment (math,
reading or English).

After the student finished the assessment, based on
their strengths and weaknesses, individual coursework is prescribed.  The
nice thing is that the coursework can be automatically prescribed or I can
look at the students assessment results and I can determine what I would
like to prescribe.  

We use the A+dvancer program for different student
populations.  Typically when we know a student is in need of a
college-readiness program ( either self-identification or by the college
placement test) we encourage them to work on A+dvacner before the semester
begins.

My office keeps statistics of all students who work on the
A+dvancer program.

Once students take the math (Algebra or Arithmetic) 
A+dvancer assessment, and complete the prescribed A+dvancer computerized
courework , they are given an opportunity to re-take the college placement
test.  Over 70% of those re-testing in Algebra pass and about 77% of those
re-testing in Arithmetic pass.

This program has helped lower remediation
and increase retention.  Remediation is a financial drain on the student
and on the college so it is a win-win situation for
all!

-Noreen


Noreen E. Wade
Assistant Director Placement Testing
Nassau Community College
One Education Drive 
Garden City, New York 11530
(516) 572-3559
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----- Original Message -----
From: Susan Jones <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Thursday, March 2, 2006 1:08 pm
Subject: Re: Please Help!: Putting together materials wish list

> What does it assess, and when it 'prescribes' coursework, who 
> delivers the medicine? (Do you have the courses already, and it 
> prescribes placement, and do students agree... how's it work :-)?  
> What do you mean by "success rate" of 70%?  Trying to get a 
> picture in my mind...
> 
> Susan Jones
> Academic Development Specialist
> Academic Development Center
> Parkland College
> Champaign, IL  61821
> [log in to unmask]
> Webmastress,
> http://www.resourceroom.net
> 
> >>> [log in to unmask] 03/01/06 8:13 AM >>>
> At Nassau Community College we use a wonderful on-line program 
> called A+dvancer.  It is an online courseware college-readinss 
> product that we have found to be extremely successful for our 
> developmental students. 
> 
> As 68% of our students show a need for at least one remedial 
> course when they begin college, we were in need of a an online 
> assessment that could prescribe "individual" coursework.  The 
> A+dvancer program does just that.
> 
> It is very easy to use, very student friendly, and very reasonably 
> priced. Both admistrators and faculty are very pleased with the 
> product.  The success rate in math has been above 70%.  So the 
> results show that the A+dvancer program really works.
> 
> You can see a demo at www.advancerlearning.com 
> 
> 
> 
> Noreen E. Wade
> Assistant Director Placement Testing
> Nassau Community College
> One Education Drive 
> Garden City, New York 11530
> (516) 572-3559
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> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Kitcey, Barbara" <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2006 7:49 am
> Subject: Re: Please Help!: Putting together materials wish list
> 
> > Part of our developmental math time is spent in the computer 
> lab. We
> > have tried several programs, including Carnegie Learning, ALEKS, 
> > and are
> > now using ilrn. There have been issues with every program we 
> have 
> > tried.To date, the ALEKS program seemed to be the best match for 
> > our students.
> > We had to make a change, however, because our administration had
> > received a lot of student complaints about the cost of the program.
> > Would you consider Modumath a program that was individualized 
> and 
> > couldbe used by students in a lab session of the class? I have 
> > been contacted
> > by a representative for Modumath and am excited about viewing the
> > program to see how it might work.
> > Thanks for your response. 
> > 
> > 
> > Barbara Kitcey
> > Remediation Specialist
> > The Art Institute of Pittsburgh
> > 420 Boulevard of the Allies
> > Pittsburgh, PA 15219
> > Tel: (412) 291-6207
> > Fax: (412) 263-3715
> > Email: [log in to unmask] 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
> > [[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Susan Jones
> > Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2006 6:50 PM
> > To: [log in to unmask] 
> > Subject: Re: Please Help!: Putting together materials wish list
> > 
> > It's instructional software for math... which, unlike any other 
> > softwareI've ever seen (and I've looked at most of it out there) 
> > is actually
> > instructional. (I think there may be one other similar product 
> out 
> > therenow that I haven't seen - but most "instructional" programs 
> > go through
> > the symbolic steps but don't back up and explain the *why* or 
> > connect it
> > to visuals well at all.)  
> > 
> > Most important, at least in our little trials with a few students,
> > students are learning the math (well enough to pass *other* 
> tests, not
> > just the Modumath ones). We'll be using it more formally next 
> > fall. 
> > 
> > There are occasional places where I have to intervene (some of 
> the 
> > wordproblems are ambiguous) but overall it's the best technology 
> > investmentwe've made (outside of the computers themselves) for 
> the 
> > overalldevelopmental ed stuff. 
> > 
> > Susan Jones
> > Academic Development Specialist
> > Academic Development Center
> > Parkland College
> > Champaign, IL  61821
> > [log in to unmask] 
> > Webmastress,
> > http://www.resourceroom.net 
> > 
> > >>> [log in to unmask] 02/28/06 7:02 AM >>>
> > What is Modumath? Please explain! 
> > 
> > 
> > Barbara Kitcey
> > Remediation Specialist
> > The Art Institute of Pittsburgh
> > 420 Boulevard of the Allies
> > Pittsburgh, PA 15219
> > Tel: (412) 291-6207
> > Fax: (412) 263-3715
> > Email: [log in to unmask] 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
> > [[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Susan Jones
> > Sent: Monday, February 27, 2006 4:33 PM
> > To: [log in to unmask] 
> > Subject: Re: Please Help!: Putting together materials wish list
> > 
> > If money were no object, I'd get Modumath (basic skills and 
> algebra).> We got this last year and will be using it extensively 
> in our learning
> > labs next year.  
> > 
> > Susan Jones
> > Academic Development Specialist
> > Academic Development Center
> > Parkland College
> > Champaign, IL  61821
> > [log in to unmask] 
> > Webmastress,
> > http://www.resourceroom.net 
> > 
> > >>> [log in to unmask] 02/27/06 8:51 AM >>>
> > Hello, everyone,
> > 
> > I desperately need your help. I am the newly appointed Academic
> > Coordinator for a TRIO program here at Tarrant County College. 
> We 
> > serve165 students and our academic support system mostly 
> consists 
> > of assigned
> > peer tutoring that lasts throughout the semester. So, here's my 
> > problem:I am being asked to generate a wish list of materials to
> > replace/supplement our outdated ones. We have just bought PLATO and
> > Accutrack, but I need more hand-on materials and reference 
> books, etc.
> > to keep on hand, essentially to create our own mini-learning 
> > center. I
> > am asking for those of you who are experienced in this area to 
> please> help me out by telling me what your wish list would be, 
> just off 
> > the top
> > of your head if money/space was no object. Of particular 
> interest 
> > to our
> > program would be anything related to study skills, time management,
> > etc., anything about tutoring students with psychological 
> problems /
> > mental disabilities, or anything to help with developmental math.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > Thank you in advance for any support you can give me,
> > 
> > James Jesse
> > 
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