Are you wondering what a developmental-level "Computer Assisted-Hybrid" (accelerated) algebra class is like?"  Here are brief definitions and information.

Spring 2007

Beginning Algebra & Intermediate Algebra - Computer Assisted-Hybrid 

This is both an ACCELERATED AND a HYBRID sequence.

 

NOTE: These two courses, in sequence, complete the College Algebra prerequisites in a highly accelerated format. Together, they are designed for students having at least Beginning Algebra placement and some algebra background. These sections are very intense and fast-paced. Students selecting them should plan double the time that they would for a 16-week section (so about 6 hours “in”-class + 12 hours homework time per week, with most of this on-line).

 

Spring 2007

Intermediate Algebra –& College Algebra-Hybrid

This is both an ACCELERATED AND a HYBRID sequence.

 

NOTE: These two courses, in sequence, complete through College Algebra in a highly accelerated and hybrid format. Together, they are designed for students having at least Intermediate Algebra placement. These sections are very intense and fast-paced. Students selecting them should plan double the time that they would for a 16-week section of these courses (about 18+ total hours per week for Intermediate Algebra, and about 24+ hours for College Algebra, with much of each of these being online).

 

HybridClasses still meet on campus (attendance at those meetings IS expected), just like "lecture" classes. During those, the instructor facilitates some of the same activities as in a lecture" (lecture material, etc). Less time typically may be allowed for questions during face-to-face meetings, but more access will be there for questions via the online components. 

SOME of the “class MEETING time” will also take place online (requirement to meet minimums for “instructor w/ student contact.” The form that those “meetings” take may vary from instructor to instructor and from course to course. (Please contact the instructor for your section(s) of interest for more specific info.)

 

TIME: These classes meet LESS TIME in the classroom than “normal lecture” sections, but the “hybrid” online component should allow for continuation of class discussion, questions, one-on-one help, and any other instructor-designed activities, to help support the students’ understand of the course material.

 

Accelerated: As the format is designed to speed students through these courses more quickly, some of this component may be somewhat self-paced (i.e., students already having had some or all of this material may therefore be able to move MORE QUICKLY through part(s) of the material they’ve already mastered, HOWEVER, students CANNOT move slower than the slowest requirements and expect to succeed in both courses in this time-line!).

 

Computer Assisted – Classes still meet on campus (attendance IS expected), just like "lecture" (face-to-face) sections. During these, the instructor facilitates some of the same activities as in a “lecture" section (lectures material, etc). Less time typically may be needed for questions during face-to-face meetings, because more access will be there for questions via the online components. 

Any graded (instructor-dependent) homework is submitted online, but unlike "lecture" classes, you may have more tries to get it right on computer homework assignments. If you put in the time and learn the math, you could have a perfect homework grade. The computer will grade your work as you go, which means if you miss an exercise, you know immediately and can correct any errors before you move on.

You may also be asked to do quizzing online, (again, you may be allowed several (but not unlimited) tries).

Some class-time may be given to in-class lab access. That would occur during the days your section meets in the Math Dept Computer Lab: MAT 101 (varies depending on sequence and section).

Internet access is required for online class activities: meeting/discussions, any graded homework, and any homework quizzing (total on-line time minimum expectation = of 6 hours per week for Beginning-Intermediate sequence). If you do not have internet access at home, you can use any open access lab on the NWACC campus. (NOTE: This is not recommended for theses courses, due to their intense nature and number of on-line hours required for best success.)

If you are thinking about enrolling in a Mathematics Hybrid section and have questions, please send them to udcc.eawn@nosloc (or that specific course’s instructor).

Other notes:

The Computer Programs used in these sections (MathZone in the Beginning Algebra and Intermediate Algebra sections and MyMathLab in the College Algebra section) are designed with extra student supports via a computer program for students wanting access to help w/o necessarily coming to campus and/or visiting with a live tutor/the instructor. The programs give students access to help features right there on their computer including (but not limited to): ”Guided Solution”/“Help Me” (step-by-step through a problem), ”Show Me”/"View an Example” (example all worked out w/o interaction), "Video” (an instructor lecture about the problem - on select exercises),

“E-Professor”/”Power-points,” "Link to Text”/”Textbook Pages/," "Ask My Instructor” (emails the instructor with the question they are working and their added questions/comments).

 

Carol Olson, Developmental Mathematics Coordinator

                                                

Revised – Nov 13, 2007