The Versatility Needed for Incoming Learners in Raymond, MS

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The Versatility Needed for Incoming Learners in Raymond, MS

Hinds Community College
Sam Lemonis,
District Director of Purchasing
32,000 learners
Six Campuses
Courseware
69.4% Caucasian (incl. Hispanic)
29.8% African American
The Challenge: 

Hinds Community College has six different campuses spread throughout central Mississippi. With 32,000 students, Hinds is the fourth-largest institution of higher learning in the state. Many learners enter needing to boost their proficiency in certain subjects in order to pursue college-level courses.

The instructors of these courses need to fill any learner knowledge gaps quickly, meaning they need rigorous curriculum that still motivates their learners. Because there is a broad array of skills in which students might be working on, any solutions that the college adopts must have a full complement of courses and options to meet the variety of needs of the learners.

Hinds Community College is achieving success with the versatility of Edmentum’s online learning solutions, and the institution is also having success with how the curriculum is presented.
How They Did it: 

In order to find the right solution, Hinds formed a committee to pilot programs and provide a recommendation. In the final recommendation made to the purchasing director, the committee along with other participants wrote, “We have looked at several web-based learning companies over the past years, and no other company can offer the quality of curriculum or the quantity of courses that Edmentum provides for Hinds Community College.”

The venues in which Edmentum products are used at Hinds are expansive and continue to grow. The institution’s College Skills classes for incoming students primarily use Plato Courseware, which has also been expanded for use in the college’s GED® test preparation, Career Tech, nursing, Gateway to College, and childcare programs.

No other company can offer the quality of curriculum or the quantity of courses that Edmentum provides for Hinds Community College
Vickie Kelly,
Director of the Raymond Learning Center District Curriculum Learning Resources Director
Success: 

Hinds Community College is achieving success with the versatility of Edmentum’s online learning solutions, and the institution is also having success with how the curriculum is presented.

The committee continued, “Plato Courseware’s diversity in delivery of the subject matter is very stimulating to students. The delivery includes animation, interaction, and smaller segments of content. Plato is very inviting to students and keeps their attention much longer than other competitors’ curriculum.”

In Hinds’ experience, other solutions provide content in lengthy passages and long videos, which isn’t an optimal presentation for developmental students. Plato Courseware, on the other hand, delivers content in multiple steps and segments that are better suited for the attention spans of today’s incoming college students.

Finally, Edmentum’s reporting features capture a student’s work across the curriculum, which helps in grading, in accurate course placement, and in informing academic advising.

The Future: 

At the end of its initial pilot, the committee reviewed data related to the pilot programs using Edmentum solutions, including student survey responses. The survey found that students responded more positively to the Plato Courseware curriculum than another comparable product. Not only were their overall feelings more positive, but so were their grades. Students in the pilot courses had much higher pass rates when they used Plato Courseware.

Hinds looks forward to continuing its partnership with Edmentum and finding new ways that blended learning can help more learners reach their goals.

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