The Essentials ofNorth Carolina’s DRE CoursesDelivering Contentin an 8-week Course2
3Western Piedmont Community CollegeMorganton, North Carolina
Fall 2013 DRE Courses 23 sections of DRE courses in sequences• DRE 096/097, DRE 097/098, DRE 098/ENG 111• Students who ea...
5 Key Redesign Principles1. Integrated reading and writing instructionExample: See “Reading and Writing for Organization” ...
Achieving SLO’s in 8 Weeks Requires…6Course formats that allow for quality timeExample: Group exercise on page 432Efficien...
Course Formats 8-week courses offered in both A-term and B-term Each course meets 56 hours total/ 7 hours per week 6 ho...
Course Formats (continued)8 Classes (day and evening) will meet two hours per dayM-T-W or T-W-Th (no class meetings on Fr...
Full-time Instructor WorkloadOption #1 (17 contact hours per week) A-term (first 8 weeks): two DRE sections B-term (seco...
Instructional Methods 2 hours lab time for computer-mediated instruction,composition/revision, instructorconferences, rem...
Integrated Reading/Writing Cycle11Pre-readingPost-readingPre-writing/Low-stakesWritingHigh-stakesWriting
Repeating Instructional Pattern Focus on isolated skills and concepts At regular intervals, practice applying those skil...
 Covers all target competencies of the courses Organized to give students an easy-to-digest framework fora LOT of conten...
Additional Instructional Materials forDRE 096 and 097 Aplia online learning system for diagnosticassessments and computer...
Instructional Materials for DRE 098 A grammar handbook Collection of readings on a theme Handouts, videos, and lessons ...
Contextualized Instruction Focus is on reading and writing for academic environment andworkplace Almost all readings wil...
Mastery Learning from DRE Curriculum Guide:“…students mustdemonstrate 80% masteryof the Student LearningOutcomes on majora...
Assessments Practice exercises, quizzes,drafts of writing assignments.Must have an 80% score onpreliminary assignments to...
Course Policies Standardized syllabus for each course. 90% attendance policy (5 hours of absence or 2.5 classmeetings) ...
Professional Development Began meeting with faculty in April. Faculty attended NCADE Western Region Conference inApril a...
Questions?21
Cengage Learning Webinar, Dev Studies, Course Redesign, Developmental English Course Redesign in North Carolina
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As institutions in North Carolina make the transition into integrated reading and writing courses, many instructors are wondering how best to redesign their courses using technology. Learn how professors at Western Piedmont Community college are implementing new integrated reading and writing courses and how you can too.

During this May 16, 2013 webinar, attendees learned how Western Piedmont Community College plans to implement North Carolina's new DRE 096, 097, and 098 courses. Topics included course formats, course schedules, instructional methods and materials, integrated lessons, assessments, and course policies. Also, this session explained how to incorporate the redesign principles of mastery learning, contextualization, and acceleration.

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Cengage Learning Webinar, Dev Studies, Course Redesign, Developmental English Course Redesign in North Carolina

  1. 1. The Essentials ofNorth Carolina’s DRE CoursesDelivering Contentin an 8-week Course2
  2. 2. 3Western Piedmont Community CollegeMorganton, North Carolina
  3. 3. Fall 2013 DRE Courses 23 sections of DRE courses in sequences• DRE 096/097, DRE 097/098, DRE 098/ENG 111• Students who earn an “R” for the first course can repeat it insecond half of semester 2 sections of Basic Reading/Writing Skills course DRE 099 phased in Fall 20144
  4. 4. 5 Key Redesign Principles1. Integrated reading and writing instructionExample: See “Reading and Writing for Organization” in Chapter 9 (pages 388-402)2. Accelerated formatExample: See “Post-Reading Strategies” in Part I (pages 24-28). Yellow sections are for both DRE 096 and 097. Bluepractice is for DRE 096. Green section with practice is for DRE 097.3. Mastery based curriculumExample: See Practice Mastery Tests at the end of every chapter4. Contextualized instructionExamples: Memo on pages 46-47, textbook passage on pages 391-392, study skills content on page 274, workplacecontent on page 299, practice life skills content on pages 305-3065. Use of technology, supplemental instruction, and learning communities
  5. 5. Achieving SLO’s in 8 Weeks Requires…6Course formats that allow for quality timeExample: Group exercise on page 432Efficient instructional design that groups related concepts togetherExample: Chapter 5 covers supporting details (including fact and opinion and visual aids), transitions, graphicorganizers and outlinesRepeating instructional pattern: zero in on isolated skills, thenpractice incorporating themExample: In Exercise 2.28 in Chapter 2, students practice recognizing different types of point of view and thenrewriting sentences to change the point of view and evaluating point of view in their own writing.Individualized approachExample: Aplia for additional practice and remediation; checklists for peer review in every chapter
  6. 6. Course Formats 8-week courses offered in both A-term and B-term Each course meets 56 hours total/ 7 hours per week 6 hours seated, 1 hour online 6 seated hours = 4 hours instructor-led activities + 2 hourslab time for individual work and conferences7
  7. 7. Course Formats (continued)8 Classes (day and evening) will meet two hours per dayM-T-W or T-W-Th (no class meetings on Fridays) Class times are 8-9:50 a.m., 10:00-11:50 a.m., and 5:00-6:50 p.m. All classes will meet two days per week in a computer lab.The third day will be in a regular classroom. Maximum 20 students per class
  8. 8. Full-time Instructor WorkloadOption #1 (17 contact hours per week) A-term (first 8 weeks): two DRE sections B-term (second 8 weeks): two DRE sections Plus one 16-week ACA 090 course or one ENG courseOption #2 (average of 17.5 contact hours per week) A-term (first 8 weeks): three DRE sections (21 contacthours) B-term (second 8 weeks): two DRE sections (14 contacthours)9
  9. 9. Instructional Methods 2 hours lab time for computer-mediated instruction,composition/revision, instructorconferences, remediation 1 hour online: lectures (“flippedclassroom”), tests and quizzes,peer reviews Moodle site for each course Standardized syllabus for eachcourse10 4 hours seated classroom timefor instructor-led activities
  10. 10. Integrated Reading/Writing Cycle11Pre-readingPost-readingPre-writing/Low-stakesWritingHigh-stakesWriting
  11. 11. Repeating Instructional Pattern Focus on isolated skills and concepts At regular intervals, practice applying those skills andconcepts using integrated lessons and practice masterytests based on the Integrated Reading/Writing Cycle12
  12. 12.  Covers all target competencies of the courses Organized to give students an easy-to-digest framework fora LOT of content in two disciplines Organized to group related reading and writing content formore efficient instructional design and integrated lessons Presents all content in terms of the reading process andwriting process Appropriate Lexile® scores for readingsSee http://www.cengagesites.com/English/1290/nccc-english/Textbook Requirements13
  13. 13. Additional Instructional Materials forDRE 096 and 097 Aplia online learning system for diagnosticassessments and computer-mediated exercises Integrated lessons Tried-and-true, favorite learning activities14
  14. 14. Instructional Materials for DRE 098 A grammar handbook Collection of readings on a theme Handouts, videos, and lessons that will be developedspring and summer 2013 Websites such as Purdue OWL’s “MLA Formatting andStyle Guide” Aplia online learning system for diagnostic assessmentsand computer-mediated exercises15
  15. 15. Contextualized Instruction Focus is on reading and writing for academic environment andworkplace Almost all readings will be non-fiction• Heavy emphasis on textbook passages and relevant informationthat students need now (e.g., study skills, workplace skills,practical life skills such as parenting, health, financial literacy)• Writing assignments should be designed to elicit third-person,subject-focused or audience-focused compositions In future, we will create a learning community with a DRE 098 +an entry-level, credit-bearing course that is not ENG (such asPSY 150)16
  16. 16. Mastery Learning from DRE Curriculum Guide:“…students mustdemonstrate 80% masteryof the Student LearningOutcomes on majorassessments such astests, writing assignments,projects, portfolios, andpresentations.”17
  17. 17. Assessments Practice exercises, quizzes,drafts of writing assignments.Must have an 80% score onpreliminary assignments totake each practice test. Musthave an 80% score on Aplialab assignments to takegrammar test. 5-7 practice mastery tests(plus a grammar test) thatmust be completed with ascore of 80% or above. Mastery Test must becompleted with a score of80% or above.18
  18. 18. Course Policies Standardized syllabus for each course. 90% attendance policy (5 hours of absence or 2.5 classmeetings) Group grading of Mastery Tests Current policies on make-up work, make-up tests, andmake-up absences will remain the same. Will allow two total second attempts for test scores < 80%19
  19. 19. Professional Development Began meeting with faculty in April. Faculty attended NCADE Western Region Conference inApril and will attend NCADE Conference in October. Online Moodle training course in April. June and July: Aplia training session plus sessions oninstructional methods and materials, Moodle sites,assessments.20
  20. 20. Questions?21

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