DonnaArticle.jpgDonna Gaudet

BA, MS in Applied Mathematics (both from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs)
EdD in Instructional Technology and Distance Education (Nova Southeastern University).

Donna (Dr. G to her students) has been teaching mathematics since 1989. Early in her career she became interested in teaching with technology and started teaching "Flipped Classes" before they were cool. She has been teaching online classes since 1997 and hybrid classes since 2008 primarily to developmental students. Working with several thousand developmental students over the last 14 years has given her a unique perspective on the issues and challenges faced by this population. In her free time (when she is not holding online office hours), she trains and swims long distance events (up to 6 miles) in the lakes of Arizona and North Idaho.

Ramp up your Retention: Tips and Tricks to increase retention in Developmental Classes

Students taking developmental classes in our community colleges are frequently unprepared to meet the challenges these classes present. Poor reading and writing skills and lack of confidence in mathematics make it hard for them to succeed in the very classes that are intended to build their learning foundation. In this session, Donna Gaudet will share with you some tips and tricks she has used to improve retention in her classes at Scottsdale Community College. In addition, she will share some college-wide initiatives that are being undertaken in an effort to help more dev ed students succeed. Whether you are teaching developmental or college-level classes or are teaching online, hybrid, or face-to-face, you should leave this session with at least one idea you can use to increase student engagement with your course and RAMP UP your retention.

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