Multiple Paths to Success

Presenter: Eric Schmieder We can't all be programmers...but we can all learn to program at some level. Join me for an overview of the actual impact a flexible learning model had on my fall 2014 Introduction to Programming and Logic course. Learn what happened when I eliminated deadlines, required personal inquiry and reflection, and let students learn at their own pace. Oh, I forgot to mention, every student is a non-major.

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Multiple Paths to Success

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Presenter: Eric Schmieder We can't all be programmers...but we can all learn to program at some level. Join me for an overview of the actual impact a flexible learning model had on my fall 2014 Introduction to Programming and Logic course. Learn what happened when I eliminated deadlines, required personal inquiry and reflection, and let students learn at their own pace. Oh, I forgot to mention, every student is a non-major.
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  1. Multiple Paths to Success

    Slide 1 - Multiple Paths to Success

    • Eric Schmieder, Johnston Community College
  2. Let’s Play a Game

    Slide 2 - Let’s Play a Game

    • Here are the rules:
    • Complete as many of the questions as you can
    • You have one minute with each worksheet
    • Do not proceed to the next worksheet until instructed
    • Do not return to previous worksheets after time is up
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  3. My Old Approach to Instruction

    Slide 3 - My Old Approach to Instruction

    • Identify the concepts/chapters to be covered
    • Select/design assessment activities
    • Establish weekly deadlines for submission
    • Teach according to the scheduled content
    • Assist students who identify comprehension issues
    • Grade and provide feedback
    • Revise course content for NEXT semester
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  4. Historical Student Success Rate

    Slide 4 - Historical Student Success Rate

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    • *Only 1 Traditional Section in Spring 2013
  5. Time’s Up!

    Slide 5 - Time’s Up!

    • Scoring and Reflection
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  6. The Theory

    Slide 6 - The Theory

    • Students were not adequately prepared
    • The course design forced fast-paced learning
    • Concepts are cumulative therefore:
    • Success diminishes over the semester
    • Students felt discouraged and lost early
    • Something had to radically change!
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  7. 2015 Cengage Learning Computing Conference

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  8. The Goals

    Slide 8 - The Goals

    • Develop a course that is flexible yet structured
    • Give students adequate time for skill building
    • Provide timely feedback throughout the process
    • Maintain weekly course engagement
    • Identify multiple levels of success
    • Evaluate student outcomes consistently
    • Demonstrate comprehension on multiple levels
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  9. Focus on Successful Retention

    Slide 9 - Focus on Successful Retention

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    • Through Routine
    • Communication
  10. Give Time for Connections

    Slide 10 - Give Time for Connections

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  11. Minimize Delays in Feedback

    Slide 11 - Minimize Delays in Feedback

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  12. Weekly Engagement

    Slide 12 - Weekly Engagement

    • Attendance requirements
    • Progress monitoring
    • Student accountability
    • Personalized instruction
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    • Fall 2014 – Weekly Code Journals
    • Spring 2015 – Weekly Participation Activities
    • Continuous
    • Improvement
  13. Multiple Levels of Success

    Slide 13 - Multiple Levels of Success

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    • C
    • B
    • A
    • 7
    • chapters of competency
    • 10
    • chapters of competency
    • 13
    • chapters of competency
  14. What Defines Success?

    Slide 14 - What Defines Success?

    • Assignment Type
    • Chapters 1-7
    • Chapters 8-10
    • Chapters 11-13
    • Total Weight
    • Participation Activities
    • N/A
    • N/A
    • N/A
    • 30%
    • Quizzes
    • 7 of 13
    • 3 of 13
    • 3 of 13
    • 10%
    • Lab Assignments
    • 14 of 20
    • 4 of 20
    • 2 of 20
    • 20%
    • Final Exam
    • 60 of 75 questions
    • 8 of 75 questions
    • 7 of 75 questions
    • 10%
    • Project
    • Varies based on individual project selection
    • 30%
    • Code Phase
    • 70 of 100 points
    • 10 points each pair of chapters
    • Chapters 8 and 9, 10 and 11, 12 and 13
    • 70% of project grade
    • Analysis, Design, & Testing phases
    • Varies based on individual project selection
    • 30% of project grade
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    • Chapters Completed
    • Maximum Potential Average
    • Realistic Letter Grade Expectation
    • Chapters 1 through 7
    • 81.08%
    • C
    • Chapters 1 through 10
    • 92.66%
    • B
    • Chapters 1 through 13
    • 100%
    • A
  15. Keys to Success

    Slide 15 - Keys to Success

    • Time Management
    • Communication
    • Resources
    • Flexibility
    • Responsiveness
    • Software Support
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  16. The Results

    Slide 16 - The Results

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    • *Midterm Reporting for Spring 2015
  17. Let’s Play Again – NEW RULES

    Slide 17 - Let’s Play Again – NEW RULES

    • Get your workspace organized
    • Briefly review the question sets until time starts
    • You have five minutes to complete your work
    • You may start on any worksheet you want
    • You may return to worksheets as desired
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  18. Time’s Up!

    Slide 18 - Time’s Up!

    • Scoring and Reflection
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  19. Want the Details?

    Slide 19 - Want the Details?

    • Documents related to this process are available at:
    • http://1drv.ms/1EeNDU4
    • Additional discussion/connection welcome:
    • ejschmieder@johnstoncc.edu
    • ejschmieder@gmail.com
    • http://www.linkedin.com/in/ejschmieder
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  20. Eric J. Schmieder

    Slide 20 - Eric J. Schmieder

    • Computer Technology Instructor
    • Johnston Community College
    • ejschmieder@gmail.com
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