Early Alerts: Closing the Door Before the Horse Has Bolted, a Work in Progress

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Join Dr. Jeffrey L. Hieb of J.B. Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville to see how MyLab® Math Early Alerts provide meaningful, early warning to students.  

Dr. Jeffrey L. Hieb, J.B. Speed School of Engineering, University of Louisville

Explore the impact of MyLab® Math Early Alerts on engineering students for the J.B. Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville. Many of the courses in the Department of Engineering Fundamentals participate in the university’s early alert system, because they’re taken by first-year students and have high DFW rates. With early alerts usually requested around week seven, faculty found the early alerts were often an encouragement to withdraw from the course.

Using several measures, including MyLab Math Early Alerts, the department is seeking to provide meaningful, early warning to students around week three. Preliminary exploration of this strategy was conducted this past Fall.