Online Intermediate Algebra Students:
Welcome to online Intermediate Algebra! I am eager to meet you and begin our work together. My expectation is that with hard work and persistence, you will be successful in this course and well prepared to advance to MAT 160 (College Algebra) or MAT 165 (Contemporary College Math), the two SCC options for meeting the Mathematics graduation requirement. Please be aware that you will need to have regular access to a computer and 12-16 hours weekly to invest in this course (4 hours that you would normally spend in class during a fall semester, plus the expected 2-3 hours of homework for every hour of class).
Please note that all assignments for this course have specific due dates; while this course requires independent study, it is not self-paced.
Online learning is a phenomenal boon to self-motivated students whose schedules do not allow them to meet regularly on campus. Please remember that, to thrive in an online setting, it is imperative that you have the self-discipline to use the available online tools to learn the course content independently and to complete all assignments by their due dates. There simply is not time to fall behind and catch up before the semester ends. Please make certain that your schedule is clear to invest the time and energy it will take to complete the course on-time and with a passing grade. I want you to be successful; the first step toward that success is making certain you understand the commitment of time, energy and discipline the course requires. Then – go for it!
The format of the course will include these components and, perhaps, others as I see a need:
Smarter Measure Survey:
Your ability to manage your time and to learn independently will largely determine your success in this course. Therefore, we are going to take some time up front to investigate time management and learning styles. This online survey will help you understand your technological skills as well as your learning style. This survey will count 15 points toward your grade for the semester. Please find this survey at the end of this letter and complete it before the orientation. You may email me the results any time. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
On-campus orientation meetings:
This orientation is essential; please arrange your schedule to be at one of them. The electronic platform for our course will be the MyMathLab component of CourseCompass. Registration information for MyMathLab should be bundled with your textbook; please bring both your textbook and the orientation packet to our orientation meeting. The text is available online through MyMathLab; if you opt not to purchase a text, please purchase an access code before coming to the orientation. (If you took either Beginning Algebra or Intermediate Algebra last semester from the Lial/Hornsby/McGinnis Combined Beginning/Intermediate Algebra, 5th Edition text, your access code should work for this semester also.) In previous semesters, students who attended the orientation were more successful that those who did not. I want you to be successful, as I am certain you do also.
Orientation meetings are scheduled for:
6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 15 – Tech 201 or
10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17 – ADM 2215.
Online videos of each section of the text:
These videos have been produced by the publisher of our text and are correlated with it. They are the online equivalent of a teacher’s classroom lecture. Please do not try to skip over these videos.
Homework assignments for each section of the text:
You will submit your homework online; at the orientation, we will discuss and practice how to do that. MyMathLab offers a number of learning aids directly accessible from each problem, including:
Two on-campus tests. These tests are essential. Please arrange your schedule now to be here.
Midterm: 6:30–8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 – ADM 2121
Final: 6:30–8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10 – ADM 1413
When you come to campus to take these tests be certain to bring:
You may also bring a completed practice exam, which will be posted on the homepage of our MML course, one 3x5 card of notes and a calculator that is not also a phone.
If you have questions or comments before our orientation, please contact me by email. I am usually accessible by email within 24 hours. If your fall semester appears to be tight for time and you would like to start this course early, please contact me and we can arrange that. I want you to have every opportunity to be successful.
Please note that this course uses the MyMathLab platform, not Moodle. Once you have enrolled in the course through MyMathLab (MML), please email me through MML, not Moodle.
If you are interested in knowing a bit about who I am, I invite you to peruse my SCC webpage at http://www.stchas.edu/faculty/jlindstrom/index.html
Note: Please click on the link below and take the Smarter Measure survey to learn how well you are suited for online education. Be certain to have the results forwarded to me when you finish:
Get ready for a busy and productive semester! I look forward to receiving your Smarter Measure surveys and to meeting you on Aug. 15 or 17.
Joyce Lindstrom, Ed.D.
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