|Program in Course Redesign
University of Idaho
Course Title: Pre-Calculus
The University of Idaho redesigned three pre-calculus courses, which enrolled 2,428 students, replacing them with a learning center modeled after the Virginia Tech Math Emporium. The courses (Intermediate Algebra, Algebra and Pre-Calculus) were taught in a didactic lecture format during spring and fall terms by temporary lecturers and graduate assistants in sections of about 50 students each. The goals of the redesign were to increase both the student success rate (one-third of the students failed to achieve a C grade or better) and the retention rate of mathematics knowledge needed in subsequent courses. Polya, the new mathematics learning center, was designed to accommodate diverse student learning styles and to build student confidence and success in mathematics. Streaming video lectures, tutorial exercises coordinated with a textbook and most exams were computerized. The plan included just-in-time assistance by graduate and undergraduate assistants, whose new duties included the facilitation of small group learning. The new active-learning model planned to reduce the cost of offering all three courses from approximately $338,000 to about $235,000, a reduction of 31%. The results of the completed redesign can be found by following the links listed below under Final Report.
Initial Planning (as of 7/1/00)
Interim Progress Report (as of 12/31/01)
Final Report (as of 12/31/02)
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