Oregon State University was facing a challenge with very high drop/fail/withdraw rates in their developmental math courses. As part of the solution, in 2017 they worked as a team to incorporate adaptive learning platforms into their course redesign. Over multiple semesters, they saw great improvements for their DFW rates. Oregon State University instructors, Sara Clark (Senior Mathematics Instructor and Academic Advisor) and Liz Jones (Instructor of Mathematics), share how they coordinated the redesign of their developmental math courses, as well as how adaptive learning courseware was integrated to successfully improve course Drop/Fail/Withdrawal rates. Professors Clark and Jones also reflected on the impact of COVID-19 at OSU and projected how the recent transition to remote teaching might inform decisions for the fall of 2020 semester.
Clark, S. and Jones, L. (2020, May 6) A Team-Based Approach to Redesigning Developmental Math Courses at Oregon State University [Video] Every Learner Everywhere.
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The Adaptive Courseware for Early Success (ACES) Initiative was a grant-funded initiative supported through the Every Learner Everywhere network. The PLC provided intensive coaching, peer-mentorship, collaborative learning and networking opportunities, and educational resources and training to cross-functional, institutional teams at select institutions.