Webinar: Accelerating Underprepared Students through English Composition
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Webinar: Accelerating Underprepared Students through English Composition

September 11, 2019


As hawks English specialists. They were Quinn develops and maintains the English product line. There are joining the hawks family in 2017 and since then the English team has launched the new English Composition with integrated review course. And to new print resources foundations of English guided notebook and foundations of English grammar workbook. We are excited at Sara is here to share her insight and experience with us today. If you have any questions during the webinar, please feel free to enter those into the question and answer box and we’ll address them at the end of the talk. There are a lot of you on the webinar today. So we can always respond to you via email after the presentation. If we do run out of time. Before I turn it over to Sarah I’m going to launch a poll to get us started. One of the ways we had hawks are helping educators address underprepared students Through providing materials for Co requisite courses, we’d like to see your level interesting familiar familiarity with in co requisite courses, please take a minute to go Just another few seconds. All right, thank you for voting. And on that note, I will hand it over to our presenter to discuss the results and get us started. Take it away, Sarah. Thank you, Danny. Hi, everyone. As Danny mentioned, my name is Sara Quin and I’m the English product specialist for hawks learning It’s nice to see it looks like we have a pretty nice variation of interest and kind of similarity levels with co requisites Few of you are using them. Now just learning more about them. Maybe some of you aren’t so familiar or kind of in the stages of moving towards them. So that kind of sets the tone for me to start off with this presentation. And for today’s presentation. For today’s presentation I will be giving a very brief overview of the company. And I’ll be touching a bit on just the main considerations of the CO wreck wasn’t model in general and then specifically as technology can be a great aid to the correct wasn’t model. Before jumping into English Composition with integrated Review, which is our new title that I’ll be sort of showcasing in depth today. I know some of you may be familiar with hawks and some of you might not be as familiar. So I’ll just give a very brief overview and introduction to Our course where and what you’re seeing here is the students view of the course where and this is what we call our recommended learning path. So there are three modes. And the first being learn which is a multimodal presentation of the instructional content. So we consider it a kind of an interactive textbook, if you will. So what students are familiar with the instructional content and learn. They would then move into practice, which is exactly as it sounds. It’s a penalty free practice area. With lots of algorithmically generated iterations of questions for them to practice at their own pace. Get familiar And in practice, they’ll have the health of seeing error specific feedback based on their responses and other tutoring components. Like helpful hints, which often referred directly to the Learn content, maybe any helpful definitions. As well as solution explanations. So students kind of build up their familiarity and comfort levels with practicing those skills in practice. Before hopping into certify which is the third mode and in certify they really prove what they know. So certify is Sort of the homework assessment portion the grated portion and students will see familiar question types and format. As they’ve seen and practiced in the practice mode, but they’ll never be the same because of those algorithmically generated iterations. And the main difference and certify is that they aren’t equipped with those learning aids, they’re not given hints or specific feedback because we really want them to be able to demonstrate genuine knowledge of the content. After practicing it on their own. So that’s a very concise overview of the course where and if you are new to hawks and you’d like a more in depth look at it definitely let us know. And one of our representatives will be more than happy to reach out to you. I also think it’s important to mention that we take a very contributor centered approach to product development as a company as a whole. We really trust and value the insight and expertise of educators like yourself. So each step of the product development and beyond from visioning and preliminary research and table of contents design. All the way to post release. So after the product is launched. We work with instructors like you and content experts all over the country. In order to make sure that our materials are as effective and helpful as possible for today’s classroom and today’s learner and especially We also take into consideration student feedback because we want to make sure that our materials are as effective and helpful for students and they’re learning experience as well. And before I sort of touched on some correct with it takeaways I wanted to mention an address that. We know the CO requisite movement does come with sort of many different viewpoints and caveats, if you will. But I just want to share some of the main considerations and takeaways that played a factor in our approach to developing this new title and the first one is increased retention, which is of course the ultimate goal. Co requisite and accelerated learning models are accelerated learning programs can reduce that time between remediation in the first two years and graduation, as well as high attrition rates between terms. And especially, and obviously decrease debt college is expensive. So by eliminating those prerequisites and extra semesters that extra time and tuition, as well as bookstore expenses are taken off the table. And equitable learning. We know strongly believe that confidence plays a very considerable role in student success. And corrects can sort of level the playing field, a bit and give all students all college students a chance to be treated as college students and a chance to really earn credits that are on par with the rest of their classmates. And when it’s boiled down the correct wasn’t model really aimed to elevate those struggling students and bridge that gap between remediation in the first few years and graduation, which of course is the ultimate goal of school. And before I move on to technology. I would just like to get a feel for the types of materials that you all think would best support a co requisite course. So Danny will launch another poll. A second poll and I’ll just take a quick moment now to let you all respond to that poll Take a few more seconds. Yeah, just a couple more seconds. We’ve almost got All the votes in Oh, great. Okay, so it looks like we’ve got a nice mix of pretty much everyone who feels that both print in foursquare materials would be helpful. And that is a great segue, great to know. Thank you all for participating and responding And that will transition meet into talking about See technology in the CO requisite classroom and how it can really be best utilized to support the CO requisite classroom specifically We believe that adaptive technology leads to student forward learning and it plays a huge role in success in academics most courses are reliant on technology and at least some way or another. And sort of the first appeal to that technology is relevancy all students. Traditional non traditional online on campus all students need to be technologically proficient at least it some degree in today’s 21st century workforce. And even the students who might seem savvy technologically savvy, if you will, because they’re on their phones all the time. Or they utilize social media. It’s very possible that even those students aren’t technologically literate when it comes to professional and academic settings. So exposure to technology tools in the first years of college, we believe will really set them up for success later down the road. And the second appealed is is practicality so intuitive and simple resources really allow students to focus on mastering the concepts in an accessible way. The especially for those college students who may work full time or have families. They should have that flexibility through technology to work on their schoolwork wherever and whenever works for them. And of course, immediate feedback is a huge practical approach for technology. So, eliminating that time spent grading on your end on the instructors and as well as eliminate the time that students have to wait for that feedback which can be days or even weeks is a huge approach and huge benefit of having immediate feedback in automated grading. And students, we believe should be able to navigate through assignments quickly and effortlessly without the need for assistance or troubleshooting. We designed our core swear to be really intuitive. So students should be able to hop right in and get started and I will just quickly mention That being said, if they do ever need troubleshooting health or technology help hawks of the company focuses on very family style service. So our tech support team always answers on or before the fourth ring seal have access you and your students would have access to chat with a live person or real person. And we also offer 24 seven chat support so students shouldn’t need much help walking through the course where Or any technological program. But if they do talks is always there to help them out quickly. And for the last element of practicality. Simplified organizations have reminders of important to dates and assignments allow students to really easily refer to pass the assignments that they need it and lessons and I’ll also quickly mentioned that students will receive lifetime access to hawks Including updated content. So very often we see students jumping back into English Composition, a few years down the road. In a history course if they’re writing a research paper because they need access to reference those research styles and they would always have updated access to the content. So it kind of streamline Everything academically for them all in one place and the last facet of technology is measuring success and when it comes to analytics technology is just such a powerhouse. That advanced reporting functionality really allows us the instructor to track the performance and effort and behavior even have both individual students in your course and the class as a whole. And that progress measurement is absolutely essential, especially in a co requisite course. Where we really believe that each success, even if it’s big. Even if it’s small, to really be emphasized and capitalized. In each concept misconception should be addressed quickly in order to create forward momentum and sustainable forward momentum. So keeping all those factors in mind we developed our first co requisite product which is English Composition with integrated review. And this is a blend of our first year writing course which is English Composition with a remedial review of very fundamental reading and writing skills. So each composition chapter is preceded by targeted review content. We’ve also added study skills like time management ways to reduce test anxiety, taking advantage of campus resources. Most really non cognitive skills that can sometimes be a dividing line between a struggling student possibly and a successful one. We also use accessible and relevant language across all of our products and this product is no exception. We use a very conversational and straightforward tone, because we know that the concept Of a first year writing course can be difficult enough, especially for Co requisite students who might already feel of it marginalized in that course. So we don’t ever want the language to be a learning barrier. We don’t ever want them to have to focus on navigating you know from any stuffy language in the body content. We want them to just be able to focus on learning what they need to know When we take a very contextualize approach to examples and instruction. So students are always consistently shown plenty of really relevant examples in a meaningful context. Before they’re ever required to demonstrate mastery of any skill and we go back to that adaptive individualized feedback. Throughout each mode of the course where learn practice and certified so you don’t feel see adaptive feedback based on their individual responses. And this really clearly communicate those kind of targeted misconceptions and offer specific solutions for success moving forward. I’ll touch a bit on the structure and how the structure can really benefit and support the CO requisite classroom. And to illustrate this. What you’re seeing is, is an example of the cons, or I’ll refer to this as comp or almond says English Composition with integrated review just to make it a bit easier on all of us. This is an example of the table of contents and when we were developing this title, we really asked ourselves, What would students, absolutely, positively need to know in order to be successful in each core composition chapter So this example composition, chapter four, which you see in the blue box is all about the common at five paragraph standard academic essay And before they can master that of course students was first need to know at the basic level, how to group information and then how to draft and revise and sort of Polish at the paragraph level first before they can enter Tackling a five paragraph essay. So whether students in the correct with that section or Learning Support section are seeing these review concepts for the very first time. Or whether they just need a bit of a refresher these integrated review lessons should really equip them with the tools that they need to successfully tackle that upcoming Core Content. That is another example of the table of contents. This shows composition chapter nine and how we approach grammar kind of from a comprehensive overview, but the preceding review content breaks it out very granular Lee in order to target any skill gaps. And not only is the structure beneficial for underprepared students, but we also make sure to communicate why. So why the review concepts are important. How they factor into a first year writing course and how students can really be making the most of that preparation time I’ll move into sort of that tailored adapted feedback and practice. And this is a breakdown of what students seat at the end of each assessment. So this is an illustration of which concepts there mastering and which they’re still struggling with So students would click on the areas of difficulty and be taken directly to a tailored set of practice questions. And it really clearly communicates to students where they stand. And we really believe that sort of validating their achievements as well as a learning them to redirect their focus, where necessary, is really important to sort of communicate Where they stand and how they can move forward and it can also show patterns and inform you, as the instructor about potential topics to review further in class. This is an example of a practice tests that students can create and this feature is especially helpful in a co requisite course where Those differences in skill gaps that are going to exist in any course can really feel magnified especially in co represent to both the students and the instructors. So practice tests customizable tests really can allow students to take ownership of their learning path and experience. And sort of their individual paths to success. So this example you can see students can customize the name and even time limitations. Is that something that they struggle with. They can practice taking a time to test in a comfortable practice setting. And then they would identify any lessons that they needed to practice, they would select them add them to the list of questions and then begin practicing This is an example of immediate application. And that idea of students really applying what they’re learning as they go and ask their learning it This isn’t on your own. And in these activities, students will seek feedback about their answer choices that explains her clarifies why it’s wrong, which is what you see on this slide. Or as you seen this one. Why it’s correct. So that approach to specific feedback every step of the way, kind of challenges, the idea that some students might have of You know, vague but concrete yes or no answers in academics and really takes the extra step to explain the why behind their learning process. I mentioned relevancy earlier as it applies to technology sort of on a larger scale, but I do want to zoom in a bit on specific examples of content relevance specifically These what you see are called further resources and their engagement boxes throughout that learn content. They really gives students the opportunity to connect lesson concepts outside of the classroom. So these direct students to trustworthy sites and articles. We have a few that link directly to Purdue our dictionary com Just so that we can really verify that when they’re researching outside of the course where they’re getting information from the right places as opposed to the wrong places. And I do hesitate to even use the word engaging, even for these because we know that such an overused word in the educational community but We feel that these examples. And these are just a few really apply to less than concepts and areas that students genuinely either has interested in, or at least some familiarity with outside of the classroom so Social media topics social media etiquette youtube TED Talks podcast. Lots of those really relevant examples that can apply the lesson content outside of the classroom. This is another example, and specifically how customization functionality can enhance that content relevancy So in this example, the instructor has pulled in a clip from Harry Potter and coupled it with a practice prompt writings few sentences as it applies to the lesson content which has sensory details in composition And that customization, the ability to embed those videos and bring in outside resources that customization really grants a ton of flexibility and a ton of options. For incorporating fun applications and I do not hesitate to say fun there because who doesn’t love Harry Potter. Harry Potter’s button. And incorrect specifically in that yellow bubble. You’ll see customizable notes really are helpful for easy communication and management across Different sections well using the same product. So if you have students in a Learning Support section or a lab section but also students who are just taking English Composition These customization notes really allow you to address each section separately. Well, everyone is on the same field. And we’ve also seen instructors upload lecture videos of themselves down in this box to kind of further illustrate or clarify lesson concepts. Approach it from an individual approach. However, they feel is necessary or provide specific commentary or examples that they want to incorporate and that functionality and that ideas, especially helpful in online courses to In terms of a true sort of multimodal learning environment. I want to show the live chat and discussion more features. These allow for students to kind of communicate with each other and with you in a very familiar way for them and uncomfortable way which is incidentally and electronically. Very often, I’m sure you all have seen 21st century students are really most comfortable communicating either over the phone via text message or online instead of in person. And those students who might not otherwise come to your office hours or pipe up in class maybe feel might feel more comfortable. utilizing these methods live chat and discussion boards to ask questions and be sort of more participatory You also have the option to host virtual office hours. And if you ever have sudden schedule changes or sudden class cancellations and need to immediately, contact your students. This is a really simple and easy way to do so. And of course that discussion board just give students a space to easily interact with any assignments that you might choose or ask them to upload Articles writing prompts, things like that. And all of this is kind of in one place on the student dashboard. In this example, hello. It’s smart review that will touch on This is our online writing submission and review platform. So this application offers both peer to instructor and peer to peer, which is what you’re seeing here. Students can or you can customize the anonymity settings. So if you feel that students might be a little bit more comfortable with their partner, not knowing who’s paper, they have and vice versa, especially in a co requisite setting you can make all of it anonymous across the board. And you can also require any number of tags and comments which is the feature that it’s highlighted here so The tax and comments really just ask students to interact with the writing and exercise that ability to effectively analyze a piece of writing someone else’s writing And that nature just really gets to the core of peer reviewing, which is just sharpening and revising sharpening revising and editing skills and technology and streamline platforms like this can really make it kind of a simplified process, both for students and instructors. And here at the bottom you can prompt students to analyze any particular elements of the assignment, based on the nature of the assignment. And they can also add general feedback and commentary and they keep saying they because this example is a peer to peer review, but this also applies to students to instructor review. So you would be able to go in and annotate their papers and great at the same way that they would be sort of giving their partners paper a grade. We just wanted to make sure that students have a kind of simplified space to be able to flex their peer reviewing and writing skills. And lastly, I have been talking a lot about technology, which we do feel, of course, is a very powerful tool, both for correct instructors and students. But I’m glad that most of you mentioned that you would like kind of a hearty mix of both course where technology and print products. Because for tactile practice, we do have the integrated review guided notebook. And in this notebook students will follow along with the Learn screens at mirrors them directly. And they’ll work through that instructional content within the paper, pencil notebook space. So the notebook. The nature of the notebook really direct students attention to key lesson concepts through the use of fill in the blank activities. key terms exercises and we also give them a big idea at the beginning of each lesson. I’m a sort of a blueprint for them to kind of prep themselves for what there’ll be learning It’s a really great resource for students who just need a bit of extra tangible interaction with the concepts. And we’ve also seen it used as a great accountability tool. So that you can kind of ensure that your students are meaningfully connecting with the instructional content, instead of just Hopping right into practice or certified, you can kind of ensure that their meaningfully working through that getting familiar and applying their knowledge within the practice space have a notebook. That is it for my presentation. Thank you all so much, Danny. I would love for you to let me know if we have any questions. Already got a few questions. Coming in reminder to everyone to add any additional questions they want answered into the Q AMP a box. I’ll start with an easy one for you, Sarah. We had page wondering if she heard it correctly that students get lifetime access Yeah. Yes, absolutely. Lifetime access, including all updated content. So as I mentioned, we see the research styles is a really big one. Any updates to those which happens frequently students will have access to all of that content for life. And paid had one other question. I’m wondering how the English, English Composition with integrated review differs from the foundations of English product. So the foundations of English product is an integrated reading and writing course. And that is a very sort of remedial approach to those foundational reading and writing skills, whereas English Composition with integrated review is our core English Composition course which is our first year. Composition, Writing course blended with Bits and pieces of a review of reading and writing concepts. So, at its core, English Composition with integrated review is the first year writing course but it incorporates those review concepts. For to for that remedial instruction, whereas foundations of English essentially is just the remedial review of reading and writing Perfect, thank you. And that puts us right at about three o’clock concluding our 30 minute webinar, unless I see any more immediate questions pop into the box. A reminder that if you do have any questions you can email them to us at marketing at hawks learning calm and we’ll compile them for Sarah and have her get back to you. Sarah. Thank you so much for the presentation today and I would like to thank all of you all for attending. We will be emailing out a link to view this webinar on demand shortly. You can view our webinars, past, present and future on our blog at blog hawks learning calm and I hope everyone has a great rest of the day.

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