Action Plan

AR Focus Statement

The problem being addressed is student’s seeming lack of interest to study and connect with the course material. The proposed solution is to engage the students through a focus on technology and networking.

Inquiry Questions

Will recording engineering students in System Support better comprehend fundamental computer applications and score higher grades in class after receiving in depth lessons on how to optimize Mac OSX system preferences on their personal computers?

Will the interest and therefore the recorded daily attendance of Los Angeles Recording School students enrolled in System Support be improved by visiting Internet resources and connecting with relevant professional networks?

Forecast Video

Target Audience

The target audience will be the students enrolled in the Recording Arts Associate Degree program at the Los Angeles Recording School. Students will be attending System Support during the two separate month long terms in May and June of 2012. The number of students enrolled for each cycle will be described in the individual cycle pages. The class falls approximately 4 to 6 months into the associate degree program. Students typically range in age from 18 to 50, and in order to enroll in the Los Angeles Recording School they must have completed a high school level education. On average the student ratio of men to women is approximately 9 to 1.

Implementation Process

  • Goal: The goal is to improve student engagement to hopefully improve overall student success.
  • Timeline: Cycle 1 will be from April 30th through May 25th. Cycle 2 will be from May 28th to June 22nd.
  • Technology: Students will be using personal MacBook Pro laptops that they receive in the program as part of their education. They will also be using several Internet resources to download software, manage registration accounts and create professional profiles. Google docs will be used for entrance and exit surveys, while Cosmicsoft’s Starquiz software will be used for class quiz assessments. Wireless Internet access is provided for students at the school.
  • Expectations: By the end of the course students should have an in depth understanding of their computer hardware and operating system so they can properly optimize and maintain their computers for safe Internet browsing and running ProTools and other production software. They should know what hardware is compatible with their computers and how to connect it. Students should also be able to use the Internet to connect with professional networks, promote and educate themselves, and easily find answers to common problems and questions.
  • Process:
    • Students will be given in depth instructions and participate in activities showing them how get the most out of Mac OSX and their MacBookPro hardware.
    • They will also be shown several Internet resources to connect with professionals in the recording industry, find answers and explanations to technical questions, use powerful interactive web 2.0 tools, and create professional public profiles.
    • Cycle 1 will involve all of the students in the System Support class, and will begin with the System Support entrance survey, which will be sent to students before class begins.
    • The first day of lab class will begin with lab instructor guided exercises where students learn about their MacBook Pro laptop hardware and Mac OSX system settings and features.
    • The 2nd lab will consist of lab instructor guided exercises where students navigate the Internet to connect with professional organizations, informative and instructional websites, forums, file sharing websites, and websites where they will create accounts to download and register their software.
    • The 3rd lab class will start with their first quiz, testing their knowledge of Apple OSX and basic Internet resources. It will also include lab instructor guided installation of ProTools software.
    • The 4th lab will include lab instructor guided file management and computer maintenance tasks.
    • The 5th lab will start with a 2nd quiz about basic software installation and file management.
    • The following labs, 6 through 10, will continue to cover the rest of the System Support course material, building on using the computer as their central tool. Lab 8 will include quiz 3. Lab 10 will be a final exam and hands on exercise.
    • Topics covered in lecture classes will parallel the topics covered in each lab allowing elaboration and more in depth discussion.
    • At the end of cycle 1 they will be asked to fill out the System Support exit survey.
    • Cycle 2 will follow the same outline, but will include any necessary minor adjustments that need to be made based on feedback and observations of the new activities that were implemented.

Assessment and Evaluation Tools

  • The entrance and exit surveys are designed to get a sense of how confident and knowledgeable students feel about their computers and available resources when they begin the class compared to how the feel after they’ve completed the course. The surveys will also help gauge what the students use their computers and the Internet for, and how much time they spend on the Internet, and where.
  • Course quizzes and tests will help us assess how much of the material they are learning, and what areas students might continue to have problems with so adjustments can be made as the class progresses.
  • The type of data that will be collected will include basic demographics; backgrounds and previous experience, what the student’s use their computers for, and how they use the Internet.  Other data that will be collected is what type of anxieties students have about technology, and how much of the course material they are learning.
  • Evaluation can be done comparing previous classes grades, from before the implementation, with grades of the classes involved in the cycles.
  • There will also be extensive comparisons made between the entrance and exit surveys to determine the students’ perceived sense of accomplishment and success. The surveys will also allow for the analysis of how students Internet and computer habits may have changed, and if they are feeling stronger connections to professional networks. They will provide the opportunity to determine student’s sense of relevance and motivation and if it has changed through the course.
  • Overall attendance and dropout rates from previous classes will be compared with the new class statistics in order to get some sense of any changes in student engagement and interest.
  • There are also standard course evaluations that the students fill out every month that can be looked at to see what the students liked or disliked about the course and instructors.

System Support Entrance and Exit Survey Links

Course Entrance Survey

Course Exit Survey

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