Northridge Math

By Suzanne Aurilio - 11/14/2007 Kate Stevenson writes… The project of making up the modules has had an unanticipated windfall for the consistency of the class. Math 103 has a common final, which is commonly graded…Having the problem modules available to the public allows the instructors to know what to focus on in their class. Having the GA’s work through the modules according to a common schedule will also help the instructors to follow along with that schedule. We have also made the source code from the problems available to all instructors…The idea is that they will find it useful for making up their class tests by simply modifying the problems.

By Suzanne Aurilio - 11/14/2007 Kate Stevenson writes… Based on the experience of the Fall 07 pilot, we will implement the following changes for Spring 2008: 1. Students will sign up for sections of math 103L via the registration process. 2. The course will be hybrid so that it is easier to help students get started on the online part of the course and to keep track of their enrollment and progress as the term progresses. (We may ultimately run a few completely online sections of math 103L to provide our, very busy, students with more options. However, this will require a lot of work on the computer savvy of our students as currently very few have the technical abilities, the equipment, and the maturity for a completely online lab.) 3. Redesign the 103L modules to bridge the gap between prerequisites and course material. 4. Insure that all instructors attend a pre-term meeting where the lab is explained in detail. We held a meeting in the fall but many instructors were unavailable to attend. In the future, we need to insure that all Math 103 instructors attend this meeting.

By Suzanne Aurilio - 10/31/2007 Bridging the Gap: Improving Passing Rates in Math 103 – Mathematical Methods for Business About


Featured Campus Project: CSU San Bernardino

The focus of our project is the transformation of our first-year experience project, the Gateway Program. We plan to restructure the program so that the third Gateway-enhanced course that students take will be a large class (such as PSYCH 100, HSCI 120, or HIST 142) transformed—through technology and other pedagogical strategies—from a lecture-based format into inquiry-based courses that promote active learning and greater teacher-student interaction and are consistent with the Gateway Program philosophy.

 Utilizing the three Gateway-enhanced large classes in Spring 2008 as part of the Spring 2008 offering will enable us to achieve our learning outcomes at a much lower cost than the previous approach, which would have us offering sixteen Gateway-enhanced courses in the Spring 2008 capped at 20 students.

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