Will the redesign be sustained now that the grant period is over?
The extensive use of online materials coupled with the dedicated laboratory facility will make large portions of the course redesign sustainable, providing that new instructors are given adequate training in the redesign and encouragement and support from the department head to follow the new approach. The primary concern is to insure that future instructors do not revert to a lecture-based approach rather than focusing on the active learning that takes place in the laboratory with the group assignments. The course has a substantial legacy, including online lecture materials, group and individual lab assignments, quizzes and exams, all of which facilitate maintaining the design.
With the split of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science into independent departments, the project group was also split. As a result, the faculty in the Department of Mathematics is actively pursuing ways to implement the course redesign into calculus and statistics courses, which are also large enrollment courses with highly diverse students and substantial DWF rates that would benefit from improved instruction and cost savings from using technology.
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