Increasing Student Success in College Mathematics
Georgia State University is one of a growing number of universities using a new approach to teaching introductory college courses. The approach, called “roadmap to redesign” or R2R, replaces lectures with student-centered tutorials and uses a variety of learning resources such as an interactive software package that encourages active student learning. The GSU tutorials are held in the Mathematics Interactive Learning Environment (MILE), a redesigned 88-station computer lab. Student results have been assessed and the data are impressive. More students are successful, reducing the number of students who have to retake classes and preparing students for future courses. Results on common assessments and a student-attitude survey about mathematics will be discussed.
Keywords: Introductory College Courses, Mathematics, Assessment
Dr. Margo Alexander
Director of the MILE / prof., Department of Mathematics & Statistics, Georgia State University
Director of the MILE (Mathematics Interactive Learning Environment)
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Georgia State University, University Plaza, Atlanta, GA 30303-3083
Office - (404-651-0680)
Dr. Margo Alexander holds a Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction / Mathematics Education, a M.S. Instructional Technology, a M.S. Mathematics/Statistics and a B.S. Mathematics.
Dr. Margo Alexander is currently serving the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Georgia State University as the Director of the MILE (Mathematics Interactive Learning Environment). She has been using technology and computers in the classroom for several years as this was the area of her dissertation. This past year she has piloted the use of technology to assist in the learning process in the undergraduate curriculum of the College Algebra and Precalculus courses. She has authored several research papers on the subject. Another area of interest is the Freshman Learning Communities where her interest/research has been in the use of e-portfolios. In recent years, Dr. Alexander has been working on the QUE, PRISM and the R2R projects. Also, she serves as a member of the Professional Education Faculty and is on the executive committee for the Center for Hellenic Studies.