Tips and Tricks for a Successful
Pathways implementation
AMATYC Webinar Series

Kathy Almy, Rock Valley College
Dan Petrak...
Introductions
Kathy Almy

Dan Petrak

RVC

DMACC

kathleenalmy@gmail.com

dgpetrak@dmacc.edu

Both teach developmental and...
Audience Poll
Check all that apply:
I teach developmental math.
I teach college level math.
I am a full-time faculty membe...
Audience Poll
We are currently piloting a pathways course.
We are thinking about piloting a pathways course.
We’re just he...
Audience Poll
Did you participate or watch the recording of the
previous webinar (New Pathways for Developmental
Math - Ka...
Developmental
Pathways …
▪ include Math Literacy for College
Students, Quantway, Statway, and
the New Mathways Project.
▪ ...
Brief History
2009
2011

Carnegie, Dana Center, & AMATYC create pathways.
First pilots of pathways courses begin nationall...
At the national level
Why pathways
Where the pilots are
What policies are changing
Who is conducting research
Five years ago pathways
courses were revolutionary.
Now they are the new
normal.
Des Moines Area Community College
Pilot and Implementation
• Designed competencies with the end in mind as a team
• Create...
Des Moines Area Community College
Design Team

•
•
•
•

Created a team with both full time and adjunct professors
Paid adj...
Google Community
Google Community uses

•
•
•
•

Content and assessment
repository
Sample Syllabi
Asynchronous Discussions
Hangouts
Obstacles
Sage on the stage vs. guide on the side
Not giving answers
Different approach to math class
Culture of students ...
This approach and these
courses are not for everyone.
That’s ok.
Classroom Tips - Groups
Form groups for each unit to build a sense of community.
Consider group quizzes/tests for part of ...
Classroom Tips - Contextual Problems
No one context appeals to everyone.
It’s ok to have to look up information specific t...
Before you implement a pilot...
1. Communicate with your team (including administrators and
adjuncts) so that everyone kno...
Before you implement a pilot...
6.Plan for training.
7.Consider classroom setup and class size.
8.Consider observing anoth...
A final, important note
Be prepared to tweak the course, its policies, and
perhaps even the content.
It will take some tim...
Questions
For more information
Kathleen Almy
kathleenalmy@gmail.com
http://almydoesmath.blogspot.com

Dan Petrak
dgpetrak@dmacc.edu
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  1. 1. Tips and Tricks for a Successful Pathways implementation AMATYC Webinar Series Kathy Almy, Rock Valley College Dan Petrak, Des Moines Area CC
  2. 2. Introductions Kathy Almy Dan Petrak RVC DMACC kathleenalmy@gmail.com dgpetrak@dmacc.edu Both teach developmental and college level math Common philosophies: Content should be deep conceptually and procedurally. Math is more than symbolic manipulation.
  3. 3. Audience Poll Check all that apply: I teach developmental math. I teach college level math. I am a full-time faculty member. I am an adjunct faculty member. I am an administrator.
  4. 4. Audience Poll We are currently piloting a pathways course. We are thinking about piloting a pathways course. We’re just here to learn more about pathways.
  5. 5. Audience Poll Did you participate or watch the recording of the previous webinar (New Pathways for Developmental Math - Kathy Almy)?
  6. 6. Developmental Pathways … ▪ include Math Literacy for College Students, Quantway, Statway, and the New Mathways Project. ▪ create alternative routes to or through college-level math courses, especially non-STEM courses. ▪ look forward to college needs instead of backward to high school deficiencies. ▪ emphasize critical thinking and problem solving. ▪ use authentic problems and contextualized learning.
  7. 7. Brief History 2009 2011 Carnegie, Dana Center, & AMATYC create pathways. First pilots of pathways courses begin nationally. RVC begins piloting MLCS. 2012 2013 DMACC begins piloting MLCS. Policies change in several states regarding intermediate algebra. Pathways begin to scale.
  8. 8. At the national level Why pathways Where the pilots are What policies are changing Who is conducting research
  9. 9. Five years ago pathways courses were revolutionary. Now they are the new normal.
  10. 10. Des Moines Area Community College Pilot and Implementation • Designed competencies with the end in mind as a team • Created a new course called College Prep Math (MAT 064) • Went through the curriculum commission • Looked for a curriculum with national pathways approach • Deep conceptual and procedural • Piloted on multiple campuses Fall 2012 through Summer 2013 • Began to scale Fall 2013
  11. 11. Des Moines Area Community College Design Team • • • • Created a team with both full time and adjunct professors Paid adjuncts for their time Created a Google Community Shared resources and collaborated often through email and Google Hangout
  12. 12. Google Community
  13. 13. Google Community uses • • • • Content and assessment repository Sample Syllabi Asynchronous Discussions Hangouts
  14. 14. Obstacles Sage on the stage vs. guide on the side Not giving answers Different approach to math class Culture of students that think math is done fast and that math is algebra It takes time to get buy-in from everyone Many faculty did not learn nor were trained in teaching math this way Fear of something new Fear of reduced standards
  15. 15. This approach and these courses are not for everyone. That’s ok.
  16. 16. Classroom Tips - Groups Form groups for each unit to build a sense of community. Consider group quizzes/tests for part of assessment time - helpful with very challenging problems. Have class determine fair consequences for class members who don’t pull their weight.
  17. 17. Classroom Tips - Contextual Problems No one context appeals to everyone. It’s ok to have to look up information specific to a context. Answer questions with questions. Don’t rescue students but watch for students getting overwhelmed.
  18. 18. Before you implement a pilot... 1. Communicate with your team (including administrators and adjuncts) so that everyone knows the pilot is happening. 2. Work with advisors. Work with advisors. Work with advisors. 3. Plan for a bridge to STEM course for students who change their mind - will affect content you include in the pathways course. 4. Plan for data collection and studies. 5. Empower adjuncts to be mentors.
  19. 19. Before you implement a pilot... 6.Plan for training. 7.Consider classroom setup and class size. 8.Consider observing another instructor's class and allow them to observe your class. 9.Plan for debriefing time amongst all the pathways instructors (face-to-face or online). This allows you to solve problems as they arise. 10.Consider using common assessments. You can share the workload as well as see course-level issues.
  20. 20. A final, important note Be prepared to tweak the course, its policies, and perhaps even the content. It will take some time to get the course where you want it to be.
  21. 21. Questions
  22. 22. For more information Kathleen Almy kathleenalmy@gmail.com http://almydoesmath.blogspot.com Dan Petrak dgpetrak@dmacc.edu

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