Emily Glikas

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    • #32287
      Emily Glikas
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      Thank you for sharing! My math teachers were pretty excited about the open textbook link– you’re the best!

    • #30908
      Emily Glikas
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      Hello Kevin! Welcome to the group!

      I am the Instructional Coordinator for our adult education program here in Clovis, NM and I typically use a bit of all four models in designing our curriculum.

      As most of our students’ primary goals are passing an HSE exam, we start building our curriculum by looking at the College and Career Readiness Standards and the High Impact Indicators on the exams. This standards/academia based curriculum is typically how we go from a stack of resources to an organized content schedule. However, I have found that in adult education there is no way to avoid working with individual students. All of our students come in with different talents, skills, ideas, and habits. For this reason, I try to build flexibility into our curriculum. Our classes are 4-weeks long and as self-contained as possible to allow students to stop-and-start on their journey. We also offer online supplements and software (thank you NROC!) to keep students studying when they can’t come to class.

      This year, we have had a huge paradigm shift towards learning as a technology, or learning to learn. We’ve made everything but math interdisciplinary, and maintain a heavy focus on reading and study skills across all subjects. So far, it is going really well and the students have been fairly accepting. Looking forward, I need to address more of the “societal” model and work more closely with workforce and our community college to ensure that we are also including professionalism skills in our curriculum. It’s a constant work in progress!

    • #28363
      Emily Glikas
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      We have also been offering EdReady English as a supplemental study tool to students, but we have not used it systematically yet. This Fall we will be using it more systematically within our program, as we are trying to shift our curriculum to relying primarily on digital and open resources.

      One thing that would help support us in this transition is an open NROC Developmental English textbook, like NROC offers with Developmental Math. We do have and reference the instructor’s guide that is available.

    • #31154
      Emily Glikas
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      We increased our program flexibility by shortening our class length to 4-weeks a session, aligning our face-to-face curriculum with online materials that students could access if they couldn’t attend a session, and making each session as self-contained as possible so that students don’t need to take any pre-requisites to jump in to whatever round of classes we are on.

      We had been using EdReady as an online supplement for students for a little over a year before we decided to make the jump and build our curriculum off of EdReady and the NROC Developmental Math and NROC English open textbooks. It’s been a bit of a struggle adjusting to life without traditional textbooks, overcoming digital inequity among our students, and training the teachers to plan and teach with different tools, but we’ve made it through the first semester and I couldn’t be happier with where we are at! It’s been a semester of hard work and big changes, but we are working towards a more flexible, accessible program that can benefit traditional, online, and blended learners.

      • This reply was modified 1 year, 11 months ago by Emily Glikas.
    • #28442
      Emily Glikas
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      We  will be using NROC English materials in our non-math classes to guide students’ reading and writing skills. We’ve decided to design our face-to-face instruction to complement EdReady to help streamline students’ experiences studying in class and online at home. Our hopes is that they can use EdReady outside of class to review or preview course content, clarify understanding or get extra practice on difficult subjects, and “make up” any missed days. I’ll have more information/feedback on how this approach goes after our launch this Fall.

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