Impact on Student
success and retention rates in the classes taught with the redesign were
compared against the historical data from 120 sections of Calculus II The
retention rate was at an average of 87.0%, up from 76.7% and the success rate
was 78.3% up from an average of 68.7%. A record high 95% - 100% consistent
attendance rate was noted while 17% of the students in Fall of 2005 and 26% in
Spring of 2006 improved their performance by 1-2 letter grades after the
deployment of the redesign.
students were learning much more than the standard curriculum, it was necessary
to test whether the traditional topics were covered in the same depth. A
control class with similar student body composition was used, and students in
both the control and Tablet classes were asked common test questions.
intervals were constructed that showed the performance of the two groups not to
be of significant difference.
The faculty involved have
been engaged and inspired by the new methodologies and the Tablet Technology
team is expanding to include faculty in neighboring community colleges. Contra
Costa College and Los Medanos College mathematics professors, once funding is
secured, plan to use Tablet Technology in their Calculus classroom.
It is telling how a
student put it: "For the first time in my life, I considered
the actual practical applications of Mathematics, let alone Calculus, in our