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Susan,
Thanks for the comments.  Did you develop the self-paced pre-algebra course 
yourself, or did you use or adapt a commercially available product?

Geoff Krader
Math Instructor
Morton College
Cicero, IL 60804


>From: Susan Jones <[log in to unmask]>
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>Subject: Re: Intersession developmental math review course
>Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2006 14:09:34 -0500
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>We have done that with English - developed fewer-credit modules which
>fill in the gaps.  We're exploring that kind of option in Math.
>
>One thing we did this semester that was extremely successful was to
>have a somewhat self-paced version of the 4-credit Pre-Algebra course.
>Many people in it were repeaters who had really struggled and others
>were "almost-made-it" students.  By making it self-paced, there was an
>almost tangible transition of goals from assignment completion to
>assingment comprehension.  As a result, some students finished the two
>credits in mid-semester.  None are trying to complete the course until
>next semester, though, because each of them has a reason to need or want
>a reduction in workload.  The pass rate looks like it's going to be 17
>out of 20 of the original enrollees, with a goodly dose of A's and B's.
>
>
>Susan Jones
>Academic Development Specialist
>Academic Development Center
>Parkland College
>Champaign, IL  61821
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> >>> Geoffrey Krader <[log in to unmask]> 10/27/06 1:51 PM >>>
>I am hoping that I could tap your collective experience to help us with
>a
>program we are planning to trial in January.
>
>At Morton College, there are two developmental algebra courses
>(Elementary
>and Intermediate Algebra).  Each course is a semester in length.
>Students
>may place into either course (or a lower level Basic Mathematics
>course).
>Students enrolled in Elementary Algebra who do not pass that course
>must
>retake the entire course and complete it successfully before enrolling
>in
>the Intermediate course.  That delays their entry into Intermediate
>Algebra
>-- and college-level math -- by an entire semester.
>
>For students who did very poorly in Elementary Algebra, retaking the
>course
>seems to be the appropriate course of action.  However, we believe that
>some
>students -- those who came "close" to passing -- might succeed in
>Intermediate Algebra if they could take a short remedial course between
>
>semesters to address the deficiencies that prevented them from passing
>the
>course in the first place.  If they pass the intersession course, they
>would
>be able to enroll in Intermediate Algebra during the following semester
>as
>if they had passed Elementary Algebra in the first place. The
>intersession
>course would be by invitation only (i.e., instructors would identify
>students who might benefit from this course).  Depending on the number
>of
>students (we are a relatively small community college), the topics
>covered
>might even be tailored to specific students' needs rather than follow a
>
>rigid syllabus.
>
>We are planning to run this course for the first time during the first
>half
>of January, before the start of the Spring semester.  We would run the
>
>course again during the first half of August, before the start of the
>fall
>semester.  I was wondering if any of you have experience with similar
>ideas,
>comments on this idea, or other ideas that address the same set of
>issues.
>If you do, I would appreciate hearing from you.
>
>Thanks,
>Geoff Krader
>Mathematics Instructor
>Morton College
>Cicero, IL 60804
>
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