Program Description:

Davidson College is collaborating with multiple partners to create digital lesson modules to help students master difficult, AP-level work. This session will focus on the design of the partnership, managing expectations, teacher training, and the role of project management in a multi-partner environment. Attendees will participate in design challenges modeled after the partnership design, and be provided opportunities to engage in blended learning modules in table team environments.

www.davidson.edu/davidsonnext

2014-11-06 10.28.09

  • What is Davidson Next?
    • creating stand alone modules for the most challenging concepts within hs AP courses
    • make them available for free to students and teachers
    • modules hope to be rolled out summer 2015
  • How do we ensure that students are career and college ready?
  • TPAC [?] model: Venn diagram of technological knowledge, pedagogical knowledge, content knowledge
  • Partners include: College Board, edX, 2Revolutions, Laura and John Arnold Foundation, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Using edX’s platform and creating mini-MOOCs that focus on specific concepts
  • majority of pilot teachers are calc teachers
  • over 1200 students using the modules
  • September 2014: pilot kick-off; throughout the year = feedback; post-AP-exams = further refinement; summer 2015 = nationwide launch
  • starting with three subjects: AP Calc (AB & NC); Macro; Physics (1 & 2)
  • each unit will have 2-4 instructional videos
  • teachers are current AP teachers rather than college faculty
  • interactive learning tools are being developed (which currently don’t exist on edX), e.g. vector drawing tools for Physics
  • teacher support: AP Summer Institutes and Workshops as well as PD MOOCs

An interesting idea, especially the modular nature. I suspect AP teachers will find this useful, though the limited nature of the content is understandable but also tantalizing. (Sounds like some success needs to be identified to get more funding to expand the course / module offerings.)

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