University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus Efficacy Study

Courses: Prealgebra, Elementary Algebra, and Intermediate Algebra

Course Type: Modified Emporium Model with Computer-Based Learning

Quick Stat:

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus increased its overall student success in developmental math as much as 27% by implementing a course redesign using Hawkes.


Looking to increase success, attendance, and flexibility, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus chose to implement a course redesign for three of its developmental math courses. This sequence was overhauled from lecture-based courses using MyLab Math to a modified emporium model using Hawkes Learning.

The Hawkes platform fit the redesign goals to give students the flexibility to learn using their preferred style, make students responsible for managing the pace of their learning, and encourage mastery of the material. Students are required to attend class in the new emporium model. There, they are able to move through the material as quickly as they wish, allowing them to easily progress past sections they know and spend time filling knowledge gaps.

Classes do not include any lecture. Instead, students use the Learn mode in Hawkes, including the instructor-made videos, to master lessons and complete the coursework. Instructor support is available for individual students who need help mastering a concept or working out a problem as they practice. Open labs are offered three days a week for additional support.

The redesign implementation using Hawkes has improved success in these developmental math courses, as well as helped students pass the subsequent course, College Algebra. The university now has more flexibility to offer multiple courses at the same time, increasing overall course offerings per semester. Additionally, this model has helped provide more student ownership of learning, more collaboration among students, and a better understanding of individual student needs.

Chart titled Redesign Success Rates Using Hawkes. Hawkes success rates are higher than those for MyLab Math.

Bar graph titled Average Success Rate. Prealgebra and Introductory Algebra courses are shown, with Hawkes success rates higher than MyLab Math. During the time that the Hawkes redesign was implemented the campus saw success in its College Algebra course increase from 59% to 74%.

Contact:
Synde Kraus
synde.kraus@uwc.edu