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I wouldn't do it cold - there are just 'way too many variables.  We've had ModuMath here and I've learned a lot with this semester for just observing students using it for support.  For this program I'd say that returning students and/or otehrs who are highly motivated to complete the course (say, folks who've been successful in other courses already but Math is being that hurdle that it so often is) would make good pilot candidates.  I suspect that having a sense for when you know something is a key element for success. 


Susan Jones
Academic Development Specialist
Academic Development Center
Parkland College
Champaign, IL  61821
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Hi!  

Here's a late Friday afternoon question:  Our new math lab coordinator
wants to pilot a modular, computer-based developmental math course next
fall. From the pool of all the developmental math students, he will have
to choose a handful for this pilot. He asked me if I have an inventory
or some such tool that would indicate a student's aptitude for that kind
of class. There are learning styles inventories that can suggest that a
student would have relative ease with visual (and perhaps kinesthetic?),
independent learning, but I'm wondering if there is something specific
for this kind of learning situation? So my questions are: 1. What are
the skills and/or predilections needed for success in a computer-based
modular class?  2. Are their instruments currently available to assess
these skills?

Thanks for your generosity in sharing your wisdom, knowledge, and
opinions (not necessarily in that order!).

Laura 

Laura Symons
 
Coordinator of the Learning Center
Piedmont  Virginia Community College
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