Essex County College’s personalized learning math class was recently featured in the prestigious journal Chronicle of Higher Education. The class was profiled in a video case study by education technology blog e-Literate.
In this personalized learning approach geared toward developmental math, class time is divided into two segments, according to Dr. Douglas Walcerz, Vice President for Planning, Research & Assessment at Essex.
In the first segment, students work in three 80-minute lab sessions per week on a web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system. In the second segment, they participate in two 50-minute sessions per week of self-regulated learning (SRL) in the classroom. During SRL, they, along with their professor and fellow classmates practice and evaluate the previous week’s lab work, learning strategies and goals.
“We were looking for a solution that could serve students who have varying levels of mathematical skills and abilities. This approach [using adaptive learning solution] is individualized so that a student never gets lost or bored. The SRL portion of the class helps students feel connected to their classmates, which in turn adds an extra level of motivation. And motivation is my number one goal for SRL,” explains Dr. Walcerz.
To implement the personalized learning classes, Essex County College President Dr. Gale E. Gibson committed $1.2 million to support the new pedagogical approach, which required faculty professional development, a software license and new wired classrooms. “It’s important that I take an extremely active, hands-on role in this process to show support to the faculty and how [these classes] are a complement them. It [the support of the classes] starts from the top, in order for the faculty to feel comfortable and be engaged,” she stated in the video.
Dr. Walcerz and faculty members Pamela Rivera and Maygar Mondesir were all interviewed for the video this past spring. In a follow up video e-Literate will interview faculty and students to see how the program is working.
To view the video and learn more, visit http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/what-does-personalized-learning-look-like-video-series-aims-to-go-beyond-hype/56747?cid=wc&utm_source=wc&utm_medium=en