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Thursday, June 23 • 16:10 - 17:00
CON09.03 - Helping Students Succeed in Calculus (Pre-Calculus) through Online Modules

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We have developed 12 online modules to be used as self-directed learning support for mathematics skill development. These modules feature exciting animated video shorts which are useful for visualization of difficult topics and help students to change their negative attitudes toward learning mathematics. Over 10 hours (over 40 mini-lessons) of “chunked” instructional videos are also included, which model approaches to problem solving in mathematics related to each module’s content. Additionally, a diagnostic assessment and numerous additional resources are offered for each module. Modules 1-8 cover foundational concepts, and modules 9-12 cover advanced concepts. The design of the learning support modules are such that instructors have flexibility to use them any place, at any pace, just-in-time, and just-enough for their specific goals. In order to achieve this objective, we have employed the “backwards design” process developed by Grant Wiggins (1998) to ensure authentic learning will occur. This process emphasizes the instructor’s role as the designer of student learning processes, linking learning goals to corresponding assessments of student understanding, supported by effective, scaffolded learning activities. Moreover, accessibility was taken into consideration throughout the entire design process in order to maximize the usefulness of these modules to all learners.

In this interactive workshop session, we will explore the re-usability of the modules across a variety of learning contexts and engage our session participants in a discussion on best practices in supporting student learning through innovation and e-learning. We will also outline the creative and technical processes that accompanied this innovative learning design, and offer insight into the construction and production of these learning modules. We hope to inspire others to take on similarly ambitious projects.

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Adon Irani

Learning Consultant & Educational Technology Specialist, University of Toronto Scarborough
Adon Irani serves as Learning Consultant & Educational Technology Specialist for the Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University of Toronto Scarborough. He provides expert support on the use of instructional technologies outside and within the classroom, and acts as a liaison... Read More →

Zohreh Shahbazi

Zohreh Shahbazi is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream at the Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences and the Centre for Teaching and Learning of the University of Toronto Scarborough. She is also the Coordinator of the Math and Stats Learning Centre. She obtained her... Read More →

Thursday June 23, 2016 16:10 - 17:00 EDT

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