June 18, 2006
June 18, 2006
June 21, 2006
Two Year College Division
11.1276.1 - 11.1276.7
At this point we abandoned the original program model and set up two parallel learning community (LC) cohorts with a slightly more rigorous version of Computer Literacy and the Introduction to Engineering course. In the afternoon sessions students were required to participate in the PLATO Fastrack Advantage program to improve their math proficiency and also had problem solving sessions guided by their study group leaders. Only 26 of the 35 students who were accepted actually started the program, some because of the change in the courses offered.
EDGE students were required to meet the same admission requirements as other college-level students, and paid only a $25 entry fee. As in the previous years, students attended the two classes in the morning from 9:00 AM to noon, Monday through Friday for eight weeks. The afternoon activities consisting of supervised study (SS1) and student success (SS2) sessions were held from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Each class cohort was split into two smaller study groups, each with a designated Study Leader trained in group learning methods (similar to Supplemental Instruction) prior to the start of the program. The training also emphasized the value of collaborative learning and peer support, and explained the purpose and function of Learning Communities. The SS1 sessions provided a supportive environment for students to work together on homework and group projects while building a sense of community and shared success. The SS2 sessions were one hour long and included the entire class, along with the SS1 Leaders. These sessions included workshops on study techniques, test taking, guest speakers, and special presentations on topics pertaining to the field of engineering. At least one half hour every day was reserved for the PLATO Fastrack Advantage program. There were also four field trips conducted to introduce students to engineering activities in two privately owned local companies, one quasi-governmental agency, and the San Antonio College planetarium.
One faculty member taught both sections of the Engineering course and one faculty member taught both sections of the Computer Literacy course. The consistency of faculty helped in the development of the learning communities, and aided in the management of the supervised study sessions. The faculty held weekly meetings to coordinate the course material and testing schedules between the two courses.
All students completing the EDGE 2005 Program received productive grades and college credit for both courses. The distribution of final grades is presented in Table 1 below.
Productive A B C D F W Grade Rates ENGR 1201 14 10 1 0 0 1 96% COSC 1301 15 9 1 0 0 1 96% Table 1: Final Grades posted for the entire group
Dimitriu, D., & O'Connor, J. (2006, June), The Edge Summer Program In Its Third Year Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--90
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