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Program in Course Redesign

Northern Arizona University

Course Title: College Alegbra
Redesign Coordinator: Terry Crites

Northern Arizona University (NAU) redesigned College Algebra, one of the institution's ten largest classes with an annual enrollment of over 900 students taught in a standard lecture format by full-time faculty (25%) and GTAs (75%). In the traditional course, coordination among 25 sections was difficult, leading to inconsistent student outcomes across sections. The DFW rate ranged from 30% to 40%, and about 47% of these students eventually withdrew from NAU. The redesign plan promoted active and collaborative learning, addressed the diverse range of student learning styles and permitted acceleration. The redesign plan was based on using ALEKS, a Web-based, comprehensive instructional software and course management system. Allowing students to access course materials at anytime from anyplace, ALEKS was customized to meet student and course needs. The redesign plan also included a newly created Algebra Computer Laboratory so that students could access course materials or receive individual assistance and tutoring whenever they wished. The course redesign was anticipated to produce an annual savings of approximately $60,000, primarily a result of substituting technology for labor. The cost per student was expected to decrease 47%, from $138 to $73. The university anticipated additional savings by improving student success rates and positively impacting overall university retention. The results of the completed redesign can be found by following the links listed below under Final Report.

Initial Planning (as of 7/1/01)

Interim Progress Report (as of 12/31/02)

Final Report (as of 10/31/03)

 

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