MyMathLab – New Approach In Elementary Algebra (Part 2)

February 15, 2010 at 8:42 am 1 comment

It’s a holiday Monday at my college, so I thought I’d put up a brief update on my new approach in elementary algebra using MyMathLab. The quick recap:

  • MML HW for each section worth 0%.
  • Section HW score of at least 85% is required to access the section quiz, using the prerequisite feature.
  • MML Quizzes worth 20% of overall grade – section quizzes, chapter quizzes, Student Learning Outcome (SLO) quizzes.
  • Pencil & Paper work is worth 10% – weekly HW assignments & regular in class assessments.
  • Traditional exams & cumulative final exam worth 70%.

First Exam – The results are in, and theyyyyyyyyyyyyyy’re great!

I gave my first exam last Thursday, covering chapters 1 & 2 in our textbook – operations with integers, algebraic expressions, linear equations, applications of linear equations, linear inequalities. I had 46 students take the exam in class and the results were strong.

Mean Score: 83.3%, Median Score: 87%

Grade Frequency
A 19 (41.3%)
B 13 (28.3%)
C 8 (17.4%)
D 4 (8.7%)
F 2 (4.3%)

More than two-fifths of the students earned an A, and nearly 70% earned at least a B. For a little perspective, the success rate in elementary algebra statewide in California is around 45%.

Other Thoughts

The class’s quiz scores are a little lower than I would hope, but most students are passing. It does appear that they are learning from their quizzes, and using them to prepare for the exam in an effective way. It seems that most students are taking the quizzes only once rather than repeating them – I will survey my students about that. Most importantly, I am receiving 0 complaints about having to do homework that does not count towards their grades!

I will continue to report the progress of this class as the semester progresses in my MyMathLab blogs that appear each Monday.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

-George

I am a math instructor at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, CA. You can reach me through the contact page on my website – http://georgewoodbury.com.

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