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Adisa Alkebulan 1st Iteration 2007 Redesign

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Adisa has been redesigning his course since 2006.

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Adisa Alkebulan 1st Iteration 2007 Redesign

  1. 1. Student Engagement & Content Reinforcement With “Clickers” & Online Essay Assignments Adisa A. Alkebulan, Ph.D. Africana Studies African American History AFRAS 170 A/B
  2. 2. African American History AFRAS 170A/B <ul><li>Two separate courses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AFRAS 170A up to 1865 during fall semester </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AFRAS 170B 1865-Present during spring semester </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>100-135 students for each course </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Mondays & Wednesdays 10:00-10:50 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fridays: online session </li></ul></ul><ul><li>220 WC or 161 LT </li></ul>
  3. 3. African American History AFRAS 170A/B <ul><li>Lectures are delivered via PowerPoint & posted on Blackboard </li></ul><ul><li>Ethnically diverse </li></ul><ul><li>Freshmen & sophomores </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Dilemma & Objectives <ul><li>Dilemma 1: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of learner engagement in lecture courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Objective: I employed the Classroom Performance System (CPS) to make learners an active part of the in class learning process </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pose questions that provoke learners to think about the issues/events discussed in the courses </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. The Dilemma & Objectives <ul><li>Dilemma 2: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inability of many students to retain information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Objective: I wanted to create an assignment that would force learners to interrogate the text on a much deeper level than just skimming and jotting down notes </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Student Experiences <ul><ul><li>Clicker usage helps me to remember important course content? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Strongly/Somewhat agree: 74% </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Strongly/Somewhat disagree: 12% </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>My professor asks clicker questions that are important to my learning? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Strongly/Somewhat agree: 84% </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Strongly/Somewhat disagree: 10% </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Student Experiences <ul><ul><li>Online essay questions help me to remember important course content? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Strongly/Somewhat agree: 73% </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Strongly/Somewhat disagree: 10% </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>My professor asks online essay questions that are important to my learning? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Strongly/Somewhat agree: 70% </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Strongly/Somewhat disagree: 6% </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students recognize and value clicker and online essay questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improvement in grades </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Spring 2007: 1.9 GPA </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fall 2007: 2.3 GPA </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Planning for Future Design Cycles <ul><ul><ul><li>Strengths: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Student assessments significantly increased </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Students enjoy the clicker questions </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Weaknesses </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Students dislike online essay questions </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Students prefer going to class versus online assignments </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I did not anticipate students displeasure with not coming to class </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reduction of online essay assignments </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Every other week </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Extra credit </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Captivate </li></ul></ul></ul>

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