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TODAY: Safety, Caring, and Ambiguity in "Quick Help to Get Thru Killer Gateway Courses" Open Discussion FridayLive! 2pmET April 12

  • 12 Apr 2019
  • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Zoom Online Conf.

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Low-Threshold Improvements for "Killer" Gateway Courses
Online Brainstorming and Stone Soup Discussion April 12, 2pm ET

I.  Safety, Caring, and Ambiguity
Especially, orthographic ambiguity in vocabulary, notation, and syntax.

II.  Implementation and Feedback

  • What could be done to enable most of the likely beneficiaries to find and use these improvements within one year? 
  • To publish feedback to influence further use?

Context:  Low-Threshold Improvements for "Killer" Gateway Courses 

Quick help for people trying to “get thru” these courses or course requirements:   Students, Faculty, and Those who support them.

"Killer" Gateway Courses 

Terms & Definitions.  Who cares? Why bother? 

First Focus: 4 “Killer” Gateway Courses:

  • Math “101” – pre-algebra, algebra, statistics,…?
  • English “101” – writing, editing, reading, literature…?
  • Chemistry "101" – notation, …?
  • [Computer Literacy, … Other commonly used title for this course?]

Low-Threshold Improvements & LTAs - Characteristics

LTAs = Low-Threshold Applications, Activities

  • Non-intimidating; relatively low-cost; relies on widely-used technology; includes online elements
  • Very brief intro (potential users can learn enough in 2-10 minutes online to reject, explore, or commit to use)
  • Benefits to most students are apparent. And well-documented?

LTPCIs = Low-Threshold Programmatic Course Improvement (LTPCI)

  • Non-intimidating; relatively low-cost; relies on widely-used technology
  • Includes an improved use of online resources integrated throughout the course
  • Brief intro (potential users can learn enough in 10-20 minutes online to reject, explore, or commit to launch and use in the next academic term or year.)
  • Benefits to most students are apparent. And well-documented?

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