Planning Session for FridayLive! April Series:
“Killer” Gateway Courses & LTAs
Brainstorming and Stone Soup Discussion
“Safety and Caring” [Steve parked on curb…. Mistakes…]
2pm ET Intro, Warm-Up – Steve Gilbert
Do we have a VOC today?
Start “clock” to keep Steve Gilbert closer to schedule!
[Minimum goal for each “quick help” we identify: it would be a good thing if it “went viral”? How decide if something has actually gone “beneficially viral”?
See _Diffusion of Innovation_ Everett Rogers, … goal… beyond the early adopters, well into the “mainstream”… approx more than 15% of potentially beneficiaries…
Which improvements in teaching/learning that take advantage of technology have reached beyond 15% within …. 3 years? 10 years? 6 months? Almost none!???
Role of fear and approval and trust in ….teaching, learning, ….everything…
Need for “safe environment” ; hard to rebuild trust, once it has eroded.. avoid risk of shame, comparisons of rate of progress, …
Fundamentals: Notation, Vocabulary, Rules of Syntax, ….
Quick Help to Get Thru Killer Gateway Courses?
For students, faculty, and those who support them who are currently trying to “get thru” these courses or course requirements….
“Gateway Courses” Series Definition/Scope [What will we include/exclude?]
Confirm/Clarify working definition, title: “Killer” Gateway Courses = “Courses with high rates of unsuccessful outcomes (DFWI rates – Drop Fail Withdraw Incomplete) … Courses with DFWI rates of 30% or higher– These courses ‘kill’ a student’s GPA, motivation, academic progress, etc.– Serve as ‘gatekeeper’ to further study and degree completion”
Slide 3 from “Analytics and Gateway Courses: Understanding and Overcoming Roadblocks to College Completion,” Andrew K. Koch, Matthew W. Pistilli, IHE Webinar 09/27/12 Slideset, Slide 3: https://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/files/Anal
WHICH “Killer” Gateway Courses First?
Tom Lehrer original version (with him on piano) Sadly, elements not listed in order; Music from Gilbert & Sullivan, Pirates of Penzance https://youtu.be/DYW50F42ss8
Elements in order; Offenbach music; … https://youtu.be/VgVQKCcfwnU
Low-Threshold Improvements [Clarify, examples]
“Brief intro enables participants to reject or commit to use; includes online component; non-intimidating; relatively low-cost”
LTA (Low-Threshold Application or Activity)
Low-Threshold Programmatic Course Improvement (LTPCI)
[Caveat: Each of these improvements should support other important long-term improvements in teaching and/or learning; at least, they should not interfere!]
WHICH LTA Categories First?
WHICH LTPCIs Programmatic Course Improvements First?
How focus, structure every(?) FridayLive! session in series?
Essentials for every FridayLive! Sessions
Include one (or two or …) of each of the following?
“Straw man” Proposal for First of Series: April 5, 2019 ?
- John Gardner Institute…
- CATs Classroom Assessment Techniques
- Dana Foundation https://www.ascendiumphilanthropy.org/community/strategy/scaling/new-mathways
“Most first-year college students are funneled into algebra or pre-algebra course sequences, whether or not algebra is relevant to their major or future career. Even worse, only half will pass.1 The New Mathways Project replaces existing models of math education with three rigorous pathways to increase student success and degree completion rates at both two-year and four-year colleges. Our funding supports the model’s expansion across Arkansas.”
Low-Threshold Applications and Activities (LTAs)
Incrementally Low-Cost in Time, Money, Stress
An LTA is an activity or application of information technology that is “low-threshold” i.e., reliable, accessible, easy to learn, non-intimidating and incrementally low-cost in time, money, and stress. Each LTA has easily observable benefits right away, and is likely to support important long-term improvements in teaching and/or learning.
It is often useful to extend the definition of LTA to include Apps, Applications, Activities, Resources, Web Sites, … LTA’s need not depend on any specific information technology.
- Introduction to LTAs (Definitions, Forms, Criteria, Examples, etc.)
- Shareworthy LTAs – see Glossary
- LTA Collection (edited by Charles Ansorge for the TLT Group)
Additional LTA Resources (Collections of low threshold and higher threshold teaching resources, Examples, Slideshows, etc.)
BELOW HERE IS OLD GENERIC ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS
2:45pm ET Closing
REFLECT SILENTLY (MAKE NOTES IF YOU LIKE) SHARE VIA CHAT
- What was most useful today?
- What was not clear enough?
- What would be a useful follow-up?
- How might you contribute to the follow-up?
Next Week: THEME: ….
Clarify a Topic, Issue: Articulate a
Request for Resource
Identify, Share Resource
At least one strategy, online tool, etc.
Shareable, Shareworthy (almost immediately useable/useful)
Identify Specific Activity, Date, People