College Algebra (MATH 1111) Course Redesign at South Georgia State College
South Georgia College
Mathematics, an important, beautiful subject in which one learns how to think logically, needs purpose and relevance. Increasing DWFI trends in College Algebra warranted a course redesign to foster an appreciation of mathematics, improve motivation, and encourage more student engagement. Bi-weekly discussion boards about math, watching math movies, and “creating and/or finding the mistake‘’ critical thinking tasks were assigned in addition to MathLab. The course became purposeful and appealing, and accommodating to students with diverse learning styles. Positive feedback revealed purpose and enjoyment from the new tasks. Student engagement improved and more successful learning outcomes occurred than with MathLab assignments alone.