Shawnee State University

Shawnee State University Efficacy Study

Course: Developmental Mathematics

Course Type: Traditional lecture and flipped classroom – both with
Hawkes online homework

Quick Stats:

  • When students completed at least 80% of the homework, they had a 93% chance of passing the course.
  • When students completed less than 80% of the homework, they had a 28% chance of passing.

In spring 2015, Shawnee State University’s Developmental Mathematics faculty adopted Hawkes Learning’s Foundations of Mathematics workbook and online courseware in MATH 0099: Fundamental Math, Math 0101: Basic Algebra with Geometry & Applications, and Math 0102: Intermediate Algebra & Applications.

The faculty chose these materials because the workbook’s beginning chapters are non-STEM, whereas the subsequent chapters focus on STEM-related topics. The explanations provide conceptual understanding, and the application questions keep students engaged.

All instructors required students to complete homework within Hawkes’ online system. Most instructors assigned homework as 20% of the final grade; however, it ranged from 15% to 25%. The faculty saw a correlation between homework completion and passing the overall course. When students completed at least 80% of the assigned homework, they had a 93% chance of passing the course. When students did less than 80% of the homework, they only had a 28% chance of passing.

Homework to Passing Correlation bar graph shows that more students passed the class when they completed more than 80% of the homework.

Contact:

Linda Hunt, Developmental Math Director

lhunt@shawnee.edu