The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Course Redesign

In 2010, Edinboro University began rethinking how the two remedial algebra courses were delivered to students with the ultimate goal of improving student success. These changes were prompted by historically high DFW rates and the large amount of time it has taken students to successfully complete these courses. Over the last 4 years, the two-course sequence has been redesigned in stages into a modularized, flexibly paced, and mastery-based format. In this session, the presenters will describe the transformation along with the successes and challenges experienced along the way.


About the Presenters:

Dr. Corinne Schaeffer is currently teaching mathematics at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and has over 20 years of classroom teaching experience in higher education. She is currently the course coordinator for the remedial algebra redesign project which was implemented in the Fall 2014 semester. Corinne has been involved with the transformation of this two course sequence since its inception several years ago.

Dr. Douglas Puharic is currently teaching mathematics at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and has been teaching at Edinboro for almost 9 years. He has been using the Hawkes Learning courseware in remedial classes for the past three years. Doug is a co-author of a small grant related to the latest step of the transformation of this two course sequence.

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