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HOW TO REDESIGN A COLLEGE-LEVEL OR DEVELOPMENTAL MATH COURSE USING THE EMPORIUM MODEL

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  Introduction
I. The Essential Elements of the Emporium Model
A description of eight elements that are essential to successful course redesign in mathematics.
II. Improving on the Essentials
A discussion of two additional design elements to consider: mastery learning and modularization.
III. Getting Ready to Redesign
A discussion of how to assess your institution's readiness to redesign and a description of available NCAT resources to support redesign.
IV. How to Set Up the Lab
A discussion of how to set up the computer lab or classroom including software, hardware, tutors and scheduling.
V. How to Make Course Policy Decisions
A discussion of what to do about assignment settings, student attempts, course points, partial credit and testing.
VI. How to Reduce Instructional Costs
A description of the most effective strategies to reduce instructional costs.
VII. How to Assess Student Learning
A description of the most effective and efficient ways to assess student learning.
VIII. How to Compare Completion Rates
A description of how and why to compare the percentages of students who finished the course with grades of C or better.
IX. How to Address Specific Faculty Concerns
A discussion of how to address specific faculty concerns such as their changing roles, responsibilities, workloads, and training.
X. How to Ensure Student Participation
A discussion of how to introduce the redesign to students, how to get them to do the work and what to do if they do not do the work.
XI. Planning and Implementing the Redesign: A Timeline and Checklist
A discussion of the four phases of planning and implementing the redesign including a detailed checklist.
XII. Developing a Written Redesign Plan: Why It's Important
A specific description of what should be included in a written redesign plan and why each element is important.
XIII. Building and Maintaining Consensus
A discussion of the most serious implementation issue encountered by all NCAT redesigns: building and maintaining consensus.
   
  Appendices:
   
A. Assessment Planning Forms
  Assessment Reporting Forms
Four sets of forms that enable teams to report comparative student learning outcomes using the methods described in Chapter VII.
B. Completion Reporting Forms
Two set of forms that enable teams to report comparative rates using the methods described in Chapter VIII.
C. Cost Planning Tool
  Cost Planning Tool Examples
  Cost Planning Tool Instructions
A tool that enables teams to compare the cost of the traditional and the redesigned course and demonstrate cost savings.
D. Scope of Effort Worksheet
  Scope of Effort Worksheet Instructions
A tool that enables teams to compare the time instructors spend on the traditional and redesigned course.
E. A summary of the Emporium Model's track record of success:
  Improving Student Learning
Increasing Student Completion
Reducing Instruction Costs