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Learning Impact Assessment in Online  University David Sachs, Nancy Hale,  Barbara Farrell, Patricia Giurgescu Pace University The Ninth Sloan-C International Conference  on Asynchronous Learning Networks November 16, 2003 –Session 5
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MAT 125 Technical Mathematics –CSIS/NACTEL Program MAT 234 Course enrollment --steady from year to year and Grade statistics --found consistent with those in comparable traditional classes; no loss in the quality of learning outcomes (“no significant difference” phenomenon) Course materials developed through an iterative process, aimed at exposing students to a variety of content presentation resources (combining text with dynamic elements and visualization tools), multiple forms of testing, to track student learning performance and give student feedback early student interaction, so instructors can identify the intervention and assistance needed by individual students.
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Students’ frames for managing knowledge in online courses Online students demand focus, order and structure, “Frames” (Redish 2002) filter students’ knowledge management: Social (who will I interact with during this course? – instructor, peers) Material (what course materials will I use (and how)?) Skills (what will I be doing here? what is expected of me?) Affect (how will I feel about what I’m doing?)
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Focus on developing successive layers of mathematical abilities : conceptual understanding, procedural knowledge, problem solving , waving through five basic content strands , leading to competency in mathematical reasoning, connections and communication .
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Learning effectiveness targets   (measures) cognitive outcomes conceptual understanding procedural fluency strategic competence (for problem solving) (knowing what, why, how, when and where certain knowledge applies) communication outcomes ability to express quantitative information clearly and rigorously, using the most appropriate technological tools, affective and ethical dimension
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