ERIC Number: ED471532
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Nov-15
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Dos and Don'ts in Offering Online Developmental Math Courses.
Chow, Oiyin Pauline; Shutters, Jean M.
This paper offers observations and suggestions regarding what to do and what not to do when offering an online developmental mathematics course. At Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC), Pennsylvania, online courses were initially offered in 1999. In spring 2002, the authors piloted two online developmental math courses, Intermediate Algebra and Pre-algebra. The Distance Education Office (DEO) at HACC manages all Internet courses. All faculty who are interested in teaching an online course must complete a 12-week Online Academy. The paper offers a 12-point guide for setting up courses, which includes: (1) guidelines for counselors and faculty advisors; (2) course set-up instructions; (3) student registration instructions; (4) a FAQ list for avoiding unnecessary email; (5) writing assignments that encourage students to explore and navigate the course site; (6) take-home assignments sent as attachments; (7) reminders of online and proctored tests; (8) study plans for each upcoming test; (9) review questions to encourage participation; (10) emails to update grades and progress; (11) turn-around timeline to respond to emails; and (12) textbook selection. The paper also offers an eight-point guide for course management. The following are among the materials included in the appendixes: course syllabi; Advising Guidelines; list of Frequently Asked Questions; First Writing Assignment; Grade Record Keeping Sheet; competency lists; course summaries; Student Evaluation of the On-Line Development Math Courses; and student comments. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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