1. Ensure calculus faculty are covering core concepts. 2. Use results to compare calculus/physics learning community to stand alone calculus courses.
1. Faculty are covering several competencies, so this will make sure the most important ones are emphasized. 2. Show contextualized learning improves student scores.
1. Faculty are informed of the common questions at the beginning of the semester. 2. From previous CATS submitted about the success of the learning community, calculus and phyics faculty have officially added more learning communities to the schedule. Starting Fall 17 and each semester on, two 1st semester learning communities are offered and one 2nd semester learning community.
1. Both full time and part time faculty emphasize the concepts from the common questions. 2. The calculus/physics learning community students continually outperform the stand alone calculus courses (see attached Spring 17 and Fall 17 results as well as previously written CATS). Also, from a previous CATS, we see higher success in calculus 3 when students come from the learning community.
1. Continue to support the learning communities. 2. Becky hopes to offer professional development workshops with calculus faculty who teach stand alone calculus courses. These workshops will work with faculty on how to incorporate labs into the calculus classroom, as well as use Vernier Probe Ware with students. 3. Organize meetings prior to start of semester with calculus faculty to review common final results.
Not all faculty have the time or nor want to teach in the calculus/physics learning community. So, how do we help faculty who teach stand alone calculus courses? Also, stand alone calculus courses do not have another instructor present to help emphasize concepts. So, Becky is teaching a stand alone calculus course in Fall 18 to see if she can cut down on some competencies, incorporate labs, and she will compare her course to other instructors who teach non-learning community calculus courses. Did Becky's class perform the same, worse or better on the common final? If worse, why? If the same, why?