Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA. Comparative study.Course: Prealgebra & Introductory Algebra
Course Type: Modular-Emporium

Quick Stats:

Increase in Student Performance on Common Exam Questions
Redesign students outperformed traditional students on 39 of 46 common exam questions.

  • 54% average final exam score before redesign
  • 74% average final exam score using Hawkes

Half of the students entering Kirkwood Community College are enrolled in Developmental Mathematics. Since there is no one size fits all solution to student learning, instructors were eager to find a way to meet student learning objectives for the largest number of students. This led instructors at Kirkwood to redesign the way their courses were taught.

Using the Emporium-Modular course structure as defined by NCAT, Kirkwood started their redesign in Spring 2011 with 130 students. In the Fall it grew to 289 students in face-to-face classes and 417 students in distance-learning courses.

The new course structure consists of 13 individually paced modules with three exit points determined by the student’s pathway. Instructors used a scheduling worksheet and set goals for each student to encourage early completion and ensure success. Just-in-time teaching and the ability to monitor individual student progress have created a student-centered learning environment leading to increased performance.

“I’ve taken five college math classes and this is the first time I felt like I was actually learning the material.” —Kirkwood Student