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Why did Faculty at Amarillo College adopt MyLab Math?
Several years ago, the Developmental Math team had redesigned Amarillo College’s Beginning and Intermediate Algebra courses, but the results were modest, so a second redesign was planned for 2016. In an effort to keep student textbook costs down, the Developmental Math team now requires the MyLab access code only, which also provides students with the eText.
How was MyLab Math implemented?
Beginning Algebra and Intermediate Algebra are both three-credit courses. All faculty are using the same homework assignments and online test reviews in MyLab. MyLab Math homework accounts for 10% of the total course grade.
- MyLab homework: Following a presentation of materials in class, an online homework assignment is given in MyLab for each section of the book covered and learning aids are turned on. Students work problems in their class notebooks or on graph paper and have unlimited attempts to earn full credit prior to the due date.
- Tests: Tests are given after each module. Prior to testing, students are required to complete an online test review in MyLab with all learning aids turned off with a score of a 70% to be eligible to take the test.
Were students successful in the course?
Guided notes packet was designed to serve as a tool for students to complete and reference throughout the entire course sequence.
- Data shows very strong correlations between notebook scores and final course scores, as well as MyLab homework scores and final course scores.
In addition, the overall pass rates for students completing the Beginning Algebra and Intermediate Algebra courses were 71 percent and 70 percent, respectively.
Do students like using MyLab Math?
Students taking a voluntary end-of-semester student survey in Spring were asked about their impressions of using MyLab Math and one student said:
“(MyLab) allows me to see examples and problems so when I don’t understand I can work similar questions so that I actually learn what I am doing. I really think it helps me a lot more in Algebra.”
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