Here is a repost of the short promising practices article, ““Beyond Pro and Con: Re-thinking MOOCs” by William J. Barry, first published on March 8, 2016, on the Texas Developmental Education Professional Community Online (TX DEPCO):

In addition to an extensive list of journal articles and references, you can also find the following archived articles that highlight promising practices in the field of DE and college readiness:

  *   “Analyzing Students’ Errors in Solving Fractions in Developmental Mathematics Courses,” by Jonah Mutua
  *   “Sparking Interest with Multimodal Assignments in Integrated Reading and Writing” by Amber Sarker and Carolyn Caudle
  *   “Implementing Contextualization into the IRW Classroom: Making IRW Worth It” by Jessica Slentz Reynolds
  *   “Self-Regulation and Students with Mental Illness” by Ren VanderLind
  *   “Students’ Attitudes towards Mathematics at a Historical Black University (HBU)” by Jonah Mutua.
  *   “The Many Legacies of Dr. Claire Ellen Weinstein, Part 1 Tribute: Learning Frameworks Courses,” by Russ Hodges and Taylor Acee
  *   “Mastery Learning: Policies and Procedures that Help it Work,” by Denise Lujan
  *   “Using Tableau Theatre in the Integrated Reading and Writing Classroom,” by Tamara Harper Shetron and Kristie O’Donnell Lussier
  *   “Technology + Pedagogy Guide: Bringing Method to the Madness,” by Shaunna Smith
  *   “Overcoming Mathematics and Testing Anxiety with Research-Based Strategies,” by Theresa Hoang and Darolyn Flaggs
  *   “Transforming Instruction with Technology” by Nathalie Vega-Rhodes
  *   “How to Contextualize Math Using Infographs,” by Patricia Helmuth
  *   “Program Improvement in Adult Education through Professionalization,” by David Borden
  *   “Doing Different in the Mathematics Classroom,” by Stephanie Cockrell Andrews
  *   “Part-Whole Study Improves Memory for Science Information” by Michelle Kiser
  *   “Breaking Out of the e-Learning Courseware Box: Integrating Social Media” by Steven S. Vrooman
  *   “Teaching Writing to Students in Transition: Models for Success” by William J. Barry
  *   “Acceleration in Mathematics” by JP Anderson & Kristen Foxley
  *   “Motivate Learning Through Online Gaming,” by Holly Lutze
  *   “Metacognition: Critical Start for Literacy Instruction” by Tasha Vice
  *    “Centering Disability Support in the Learning Center” by Jack Trammell
  *   “Developing a ‘Visual Rhetoric’ for Students on the Spectrum” by Jack Trammell
As of May, 2017, the Texas Developmental Education Professional Community Online no longer accepts submissions for the TX DEPCO blog of promising practices. We at the TX DEPCO would like to thank our contributors and readers for two successful years of publishing. We couldn’t have done it without you.

The TX DEPCO blog and social media presence are housed under the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Professional Development (PD) Program, managed by Texas State University’s Education Institute and funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The purpose of the TX DEPCO is to highlight promising practices in college readiness and to serve through social media as a resource-sharing archive and means of professional community-building. You can learn more about the TSI PD Program at

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