In January of 2012, CSU, Chico was charged with creating two remedial mathematics courses for incoming students whose entry test scores fell below the required amount to attend Beginning or Intermediate Algebra. This project, done in conjunction with a similar project developed for Remedial English, was headed by mathematics professor, Ted Cluver. Ted contacted the Chico Technology and Learning Program and soon a plan was developed to create a fully accessible online course that any incoming CSU student could take.
In order to lower the cost to students, a decision was made to develop the course using Blackboard Learn. Through the hard work of a team consisting of a math department student, Cluver and TLP, a well-developed accessible course was created. Students were enrolled during the months of June, July and August and participated in activities created to assist them with their math development as well as a retest to raise scores.
Cluver and Ann Steckel, project manager for the Early Start course development, recently presented their work at the 2012 CELT conference held on the CSU, Chico campus. The video of the presentation, embedded in this post, explains the history behind the project, the production of course content, and the successful roll out to students.