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  • 03/27/10
  • We have gathered input and ideas from dozens of Community Colleges throughout the US throughout the planning and development process. Which brings us to you…
  • NROC is a project of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education, a 501c3 in California funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The first goal of NROC is to assemble a library of high-quality general education content for high school and college gathered from educational institution across the US. We then invest in the content to insure editorial rigor and curricular completeness. We also invest in the technology to allow the content to operate with the various CMS. The second goal of the project is to make the content available globally to individual students, teachers, and the general public at no cost . We do that via public website including HippoCampus which I will talk about in more detail a bit later.
  • Everything I’m about to show you is available at NROCMATH.org. You can: “ View sample unit” is single unit Or “View Course Now” to register and see all of Units 1-6 Additionally, this webinar will be archived right here on this page.


  • 1. Digital Approaches to Developmental Mathematics: Addressing a National Challenge 6/30/11 Rhonda Epper Assistant Provost, Colorado Community College System Butch Gemin Evergreen Education Group Terri Rowenhorst Monterey Institute for Technology and Education
  • 2. Mathematics: A National Challenge Source: Final report of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel
  • 3.
      • Funding : $5M from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
      • $1 M from the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation
      • Project Audience :
      • Ages 18-80 (average age = 28)
      • Students have failed math at least once
    • Objectives:
      • Provide learning activities to support an efficient path to credit-bearing courses
      • Offer multiple modes of instruction
      • Support multiple curricular standards
      • Allow for flexible course configurations with a collection of learning objects
      • Leverage the power of digital media
      • Project Goal : Increase the number of financially-disadvantaged students that pass developmental math as a bridge to a college education
    NROC Developmental Math―An Open Program
  • 4. Scope of the research effort
        • Research development math conditions and challenges
        • National advisory panel of educators
        • Conducted over 60 focus groups and roundtable discussions
    • More than 570 students, instructors, and administrators
    • Representatives from than150 academic institutions in 32 states
    • Pilot testing of courses in a variety of instructional formats
  • 5. Input from across the country Anne Arundel Community College Arapahoe Community College Baltimore City Community College Bates Technical College Bellevue Community College Black Hawk College Brookhaven College Bronx Community College Broward Community College Cascadia Community College Chattanooga State Community College City Colleges of Chicago District Cleveland State Community College Clover Park Tech College Coastline Community College Colorado Community Colleges Online Columbia State Community College Community College of Aurora Community College of Baltimore County Community College of Denver Community College of Philadelphia Community College of Southern Nevada Cornish College Cuyahoga Community College Cuyamaca College Daley College De Anza College Des Moines Area Community College Durham Technical and Community College Eastfield College Edmonds Community College El Centro College Front Range Community College Green River Community College Grossmont College Harold Washington College Highline Community College Howard Community College Hudson Valley Community College Indian Hills Community College Iowa Community College Online Consortium Iowa Department of Education Iowa Lakes Community College Iowa Western Community College Johnson County Community College Kankakee Community College Kennedy-King College Kirkwood Community College Lake Washington Technical College Lakeshore Technical College Lamar Community College Luzerne County Community College Malcolm X College Mesa Community College Middle Tennessee State University Montgomery College Morgan Community College Motlow State Community College Nashville State Tech Community College North Seattle Community College Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Northeastern Junior College Northwest Iowa Community College Oklahoma City Community College Omaha Public Schools Otero Junior College Pellissippi State Community College Pennsylvania Highlands CC Pierce College Pikes Peak Community College Pima Community College Portland Community College Prairie State College Prince George's Community College Pueblo Community College Queensborough Community College Red Rocks Community College Renton Technical College Richland College San Diego City College San Diego Community College District San Diego Mesa College San Diego Miramar College San Jacinto College Sauk Valley Community College Seattle Central Community College Sinclair Community College South Seattle Community College South Texas College Southwestern College Southwestern Community College Tacoma Community College Tarrant County College - Northwest Tarrant County College – South Tennessee Board of Regents Tennessee Department of Education Truman College Thomas Nelson Community College Trinidad State Junior College Tulsa Community College Union County College Volunteer State Community College Wright College Faculty, administrator, and student focus groups 10/19/11 Math Orientation - Internal
  • 6. Goals of the focus groups
    • Administrator and Faculty
    • Determine shortcomings of existing teaching materials
    • Better understand administrator and faculty use cases
    • Feedback for product in development
    • Better understand assessment
    • Determine best approach in providing professional development
    • Develop pilot sites and interest
  • 7. Goals of the focus groups
    • Students
    • Determine what digital learning materials students are using
    • Better understand student use cases
    • Feedback for product in development
    • Identify barriers for progressing through developmental math
  • 8.
    • Professional development is essential for supporting teacher success
    • Few instructors and institutions are satisfied with existing methods or digital options
    • Existing digital products:
      • too expensive
      • inflexible curricula
      • proprietary management system
    • High value placed on flexibility, affordability, multiple pathways for learners
    Administrators and Faculty Focus Group Key Findings
  • 9.
    • Keep it simple: struggling students and English language learners value simplicity
    • Real-world examples and application are a key to engagement
    • Puzzles, animations, simple illustrations, and problem sets are important
    • Humor, esoteric example, and idioms trip-up or confuse struggling students especially English Language Learners
    • Students appreciate and identify with the presenters and real work examples
    Students Focus Group Key Findings
  • 10. Research Focus Groups/Pilots Technology & Engineering Professional Development Curriculum Feedback Impact on Development Product Design
  • 11. Review the Details in the Report Focus Group Report Download it under Project News at:
  • 12.
    • Administrators, Instructors, Students
    • Questionnaires
    • Interviews in use – on-site and online
    • Performance Data
    NROC Research Pilot Program
  • 13.
    • Case study approach evaluates student
      • Attitude
      • Persistence
      • Competence
    Pilots: Case Study Approach
    • Goals:
    • To gather data on course completion and competence by class, compared to traditional models, in order to evaluative the relative efficacy of the materials
    • To outline the details of diverse use cases as models to be shared with others implementing new approaches.
  • 14. A Unique Project Among Open Educational Resources
    • Quality
    • Curricular
    • Adaptable
    • Sustainable
  • 15.  
  • 16. Questions for the presenters?
  • 17.  
  • 18. Rhonda Epper Assistant Provost, Colorado Community College System Butch Gemin Evergreen Education Group Terri Rowenhorst Monterey Institute for Technology and Education Thanks for your attention and interest!