Are you wondering what a developmental-level "Computer Assisted" algebra class is like?" Here is a brief introduction.
Classes meet on campus, just like "lecture" classes. Your instructor will explain the material, answer questions, …, just like "lecture" classes.
Any graded homework is submitted online, but unlike "lecture" classes, you may have an unlimited number of retries (this offer usually expires the last week of the semester) on computer homework assignments. If you put in the time and EVENTUALLY 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 have online
quizzes, on which you have several (but not unlimited) tries. These
quizzes can be taken at home or on campus. (If you have dial-up, on-campus is
recommended for these for courses using
Up to an hour per week of class-time may be used for in-class labs. These labs are designed by instructors to help you better understand the course material.
Internet access is required for graded homework and computerized quizzes. If you do not have internet access at home, you can use any open access lab on the NWACC campus.
If you are thinking about enrolling in a Computer Assisted section and have questions, please send them to udcc.eawn@nosloc (or that specific course’s instructor).
The Computer Programs used in these sections 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 or the instructor. The programs give students access to help features right there on their computer including (but not limited to): “Help Me (step-by-step through a problem),” "View an Example (all worked out)," "Video (an instructor lecture about the problem - on select exercises)," “Power-points,” "Textbook Pages," "Ask My Instructor (emails the instructor with the question they are working and their added questions/comments)."
TIME: Some of these classes meet up to 1 hour extra time (1 extra hour each week – no charge or lab fee for now), and so it allows students for additional time for questions, one-on-one help, and/or other designed activities (the labs mentioned above) to help support the students' understanding of the course material (the last item may involve using the actual computer program in the Math Dept computer lab - MAT 101).
GENERAL: These longer sections still continue sharing study strategy information, allow extra time in class, and have added the computer programs access because they've so been highly applauded for their helpfulness by our own past on-line students who’ve used them.
Carol Olson, Developmental Mathematics Coordinator
Revised – Nov 13, 2006