Course Redesign Materials

Course Redesign Materials Available for Public Access

The Math TLC was awarded a 4-year, $450,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education via the Fund for the Improvement for Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) program. This grant funded the development of a series of workshops to foster adoption and adaptation of the approach by other universities and colleges. The workshops were held on the UW-Stout campus and have been attended by 45 educators and administrators from 30 institutions in 12 states. Materials developed for the workshops are available for use free of charge at this site.

The Course Redesign Workshops were held from 2007 - 2009
at the University of Wisconsin-Stout campus in Menomonie, WI

Workshop Description:

Across the country, 40-45% of incoming college students place into pre-college-level math, and passing a first-year math course is frequently the strongest predictor of retention into the second year of college. These workshops provided the tools needed to adapt methods refined during the first five years in the UW-Stout Math Teaching and Learning Center that have decreased failure and withdrawal rates by 52% in our remedial Fundamentals of Algebra course and by nearly 40% in our Intermediate Algebra course. The Math TLC approach combines technology in the form of the MyMathLab/MathXL software package with traditional classroom instruction and a new, targeted tutoring program. (For more on methods and results, see our online report.)

Funding from a U.S. Department of Education FIPSE grant covered development of the workshop materials plus all registration fees and workshop material costs for attendees; attendees were responsible for travel, lodging, and most meal expenses.

The week-long workshop took participants through all the steps needed to set up pilot sections of remedial or introductory level math courses using a hybrid format of online homework, regular in-class sessions, and targeted tutoring. The final workshop was held in 2009, but all materials developed for and presented at the workshops are available on this public access web site.

For more information, contact Jeanne Foley at foleyj@uwstout.edu or call (715)232-5001.