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Program in Course Redesign

The University of Alabama

Course Title: Intermediate Algebra
Contact: Hank Lazer

The University of Alabama redesigned Intermediate Algebra, a pre-General Studies course enrolling 1500 students each year, in order to address poor student performance. Nearly 60% of the students in the fall 1999 traditional course earned a D, F, or W grade, and students often needed to take the course two or three times before passing. Modeled in part on the Math Emporium at Virginia Tech, the course redesign involved the development of a student-centered, computer-assisted, self-paced tutorial course structure that allowed the individual student to focus precisely on his or her questions and difficulties. The software used in the course was expected to provide quick feedback to students, instant assessment of skills competencies, and a steady flow of information to instructors and tutors. The redesign anticipated reducing the cost-per-student from approximately $122 to $86, a 30% savings. Instead of spending time on lectures and presentations, the plan included having instructors devote time directly to each student's specific, immediate needs. Instead of spending time grading homework, quizzes, and exams, the instructors planned to engage students in more direct, personalized tutorial assistance. 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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