Differences Between High- and Low-Rated STEM Courses
The following infographic comes from a study conducted by the RED team and published in Winter 2018, in response to the question, "Why do STEM courses feature so prominently on our Sub-4 list?".
Researcher: Allison Gallegos, Curtis Henrie
Sponsor: Eric Karl
Supplemental Student Quotes
Positive Instructional Resources
"I appreciate that there are videos to help explain some things. I appreciate the inclusion of photos and visual images to explain concepts."
"The instructor was helpful in providing videos on the course announcement page that explained some subjects in the course."
"Great resources were available to help all kinds of learners. Repetition of material, first in readings, then lecture videos, and then quizzes made it much easier to learn and retain material."
"Being able to watch all of the videos each week is what sets this class apart from others. Never have I taken a class where I was able to review so much content available to us.
"The online textbook was a wonderful resource and contributed greatly to my success in class."
Negative Instructional Resources
"I do not do well with online-only texts. The option for a hard cover book, even if more expensive, would be greatly appreciated and preferred."
"I did poor in [areas where] there were no video examples. For people who are visual learners, this is ESSENTIAL. As an online student, sometimes reading in the book is not enough, especially when they speak in that math jargon."
"This course needs to teach the objectives with the material. Right now, it's a 'Go Google it and learn it from whatever source you stumble upon.' We need a source to learn from besides the Internet."
"The readings need to be different. More examples need to be provided, and the readings need to be condensed. It would help if this course had its own textbook that we are learning out of, one that is more in touch with the level we're learning at. This is an introductory DNA course, so the text should not be at a level that is so much higher than that."
Positive Instructor Involvement
"The instructor was able to take intricate material and make it understandable for real life. [She was] opent to her students' suggestions and kept the stress down through videos, review sessions, and a sense of humor."
"I really enjoyed when [my instructor] made external videos describing a concept or how to do a particular problem. She does a good job explaining what's going on, and I really appreciate that."
"I enjoyed how [my instructor's] posts felt like they were personally for me, even when they were directed for out class."
"[My instructor] was excellent at providing elarning resources and web videos that helped explain the concepts we were learning. He was a great teacher for an online course."
"[My instructor's] weekly online class in Adobe Connect is entertaining and informative. I didn't always enjoy the subject matter of the course . . . but [my instructor] made the class much more bearable for me."
Negative Instructor Involvement
"Video material on how to do the problems would benefit those of us who don't learn material from a book or reading the material. I didn't feel like it was clear on some lessons, so I wasted a lot of time trying to figure it out . . . I need better instruction from an instructor teaching the purpose of the material."
"I wish [my instructor] would have taught through video for each lesson instead of just an hour review before the exam because by that time, it was too late."
"I don't believe the instructor has really done much to contribute to the learning of the class, seeing how all the amterial is form anotehr teacher in instruction videos. Almost all my learning was done by going to a drop-in tutor lab."
"I would have liked to have had a little more instructor involvement with providing tutorials to especially hard problems. [I got] some of the information from other students whose instructors made videos above the ones provided in the course."
"The class needs a major overhaul. The teacher was not helpful; he hasn't posted any announcements since Week 6."
Responsible: Curtis Henrie (RED Team Lead)
Accountable: Ben Fryar (OPR Director)
Informed: Eric Karl (CurrDev Managing Director), Curriculum designers
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