Oregon State University

A College Algebra Redesign: Inquiry-Based Learning for Student Success

Nationally, college algebra is a critically important gateway course that has low student success rates. The OSU Dept. of Mathematics is addressing the challenge of improving student learning outcomes and engagement in this course by piloting a new approach that incorporates small-group work and increased use of interactive technology. In this workshop, Scott Peterson, currently teaching the redesigned section of MTH 111, describes and demonstrates the new approach, models activities from the course, and discusses plans for assessment and future implementation.

Peterson received support through the Center for Teaching and Learning's Hybrid Course Initiative. He participated in the Fall 2012 Hybrid Faculty Learning Community to learn more about blended learning, while sharing his MTH 111 redesign ideas and experience with eight other OSU faculty members engaged in redesigning classroom courses as reduced-seat-time hybrid courses.

Photo by Hannah Gustin, courtesy The Barometer 

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