Missouri statewide course redesign initiative improves learning outcomes and greatly reduces costs

Thursday, August 15, 2013

From 2010 to 2013, the Governor of Missouri and Missouri’s public four-year institutions established a major course redesign initiative, in partnership with the National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT), built on the successful models and lessons learned from NCAT’s course redesign programs. The goal was to achieve improvements in learning outcomes as well as reductions in instructional costs by redesigning large-enrollment, multi-section courses using technology-supported active learning strategies.

With help from Pearson’s MyLab and Mastering suite of online homework, tutorial, and assessment programs, 100 percent of the redesigns that leveraged Pearson technology improved student learning — Lincoln University; Missouri University of Science & Technology; Missouri State University; University of Central Missouri; University of Missouri – Kansas City; and University of Missouri – St. Louis. All but one project reduced their instructional costs — by an average of 30 percent.

“By implementing Pearson’s MasteringChemistry into science education, we are now able to provide immediate feedback to students as well as individualized online tutoring. We have reduced instructional costs and increased the efficiency of the grading process,” said Klaus Woelk, Associate Professor and Interim Chairman of Chemistry, Missouri University of Science and Technology. “The number of students achieving A’s and B’s has increased substantially because students are more engaged, and we are improving student learning through real collaborative learning centers.”

“Our number one goal at Pearson is better learning outcomes for students,” said Greg Tobin, President of Higher Education English, Mathematics and Student Success, Pearson. “Time and time again, institutions that have adopted one or more of our MyLab and Mastering products have improved results by effectively engaging students at each stage of learning. The State of Missouri has demonstrated its openness to technology innovation and as a result, its students are experiencing higher achievement while institutions have greatly reduced course costs.”

Course redesign is the process of redesigning whole courses (rather than individual classes or sections) to achieve better learning outcomes at a lower cost by taking advantage of the capabilities of information technology

For a summary of project outcomes from Missouri’s course redesign initiative, please visit TheNCAT.org.

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