Information about my coursesInformation about my Math 60 (Intermediate Algebra) and Math 90 (Precalculus Algebra) Courses Spring 2016 How do the Math 60 and Math 90 Hybrid courses work?
These are HYBRID classes. They meet oncampus once a week for 2 hours, and students work online as well. Students will learn the material from the oncampus meetings, from reading the text, and from watching instructional videos. These courses will cover exactly the same material as in the standard facetoface courses for Math 60 and Math 90.
Who should take an online math course? It takes an enormous amount of time and self discipline to succeed in an online course. If you’re considering Math 60 or Math 90 Hybrid to “save time”, this is a mistake. Students who will succeed in these courses will be independent learners who are able to read explanations of mathematical concepts as presented in a textbook, and who have the selfmotivation to work independently on daily homework assignments. You should have regular access to a computer with (preferably) highspeed Internet connection, and be reasonably techsavvy. Because we have weekly oncampus meetings, this course is not intended for students who must travel great distances. Link to Student Readiness QuestionnaireTo see if you are a suited to taking an online course, I recommend that you use this questionnaire: http://www.ccsf.edu/Departments/Distance_Education/self_eval.htm Are these courses easier than the standard facetoface Math 60 and Math 90?Students may find that these courses are more
convenient and offer more flexibility for their schedule than a facetoface
course, but that does not mean that it will be easier. I’m
sure you already know how much time it takes to be successful in math: a
lot! You will need to spend approximately 1015 hours a week on math. This includes
time watching videos and studying the textbook and 1+ hour/day for
homework. It takes a lot of discipline to be successful in a math course,
and much more discipline to keep up with the work in an online course.
The attrition rate for online classes nationwide is 50% or more, so think about
whether you are wellsuited for this course before registering.
Assignments Each student is required to do the following: · Homework problems, written on paper and turned in at class meetings; also online homework problems from the textbook publisher’s site “WebAssign”. · Weekly online quizzes using the textbook publisher’s software “WebAssign”. · Inclass exams and final exam. Students must bring photo ID’s to these exams. · Regular participation in online course discussion forums.
Attendance at Weekly Class Meetings There will be a 2hour oncampus class every week. Math 60 Sec. 831: Thursday 10am – 12, HC 202 Math 60 Sec. 832: Thursday, 24pm, HC 214 Math 90 Sec. 831: Tuesday, 13pm, HC 214 Attendance at these classes is required. Only students who can attend these weekly meetings should enroll. Students must NOT enroll in any other class that meets during these times.At these classes, I will lecture on the course material, answer student questions, and do example problems. You will turn in your written homework assignments. The exams will be held at these class meetings. There will be a mandatory orientation for each
course at our first class meeting:
Math 90 Sec. 831: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 1  3pm, HC 214 Math 60 Sec. 831: Thursday, Jan. 21, 10am – 12, HC 202 Math 60 Sec. 832: Thursday, Jan. 21, 2  4pm, HC 214 Bring your CCSF photo ID to the Orientation.Registered students who do not attend the
orientation WILL BE DROPPED from the class roster. Waitlisted students
who do not attend the orientation lose their place on the waitlist. If
you can’t attend the orientation, you can’t be in the class. Initial Contact Approximately 24 days prior to the start of class, I will send an email to all registered students with important information about the course. Please check your CCSF student email address to be sure you don’t miss this email! If you don’t receive this email, contact me at: speterso@ccsf.edu . The required textbook for each course is: Math 60: Intermediate Algebra 5e by Alan S. Tussy and R. David Gustafson, (5e means 5^{th} edition) Publisher: Cengage Learning/ BrooksCole
Math 90: College Algebra 6e by James Steward, Lothar Redline, Saleem Watson (6e means 6th edition) Publisher: Cengage Learning/ BrooksCole For both Math 90 and Math 60, you may use the paper textbook or an ebook. I recommend the paper textbook, but it's more expensive. It is an advantage if you have the textbook by the first day of the course. You are also required to have an access code for WebAssign, the online homework, video, and quiz software that goes with the textbook. Many times, the WebAssign access code comes with the paper textbook if the textbook is new, and not used. The CCSF math department has negotiated for special pricing on this book from the publisher. This might mean that the CCSF bookstore has the best price on the book. So I recommend checking the CCSF bookstore before buying the book elsewhere online. Buy the version that has the WebAssign access included. If you choose an ebook instead of a paper textbook, you will purchase a WebAssign access code with the ebook included. You will view the ebook from inside WebAssign. Adding Procedure for Prospective Students At the Orientation, after calling the names of registered students, I will fill vacancies with students from the computerized waitlist for this course. If there is still room, I will add other attendees in order of their registration dates until the room is at capacity. So students who are not already registered or waitlisted in the course should be ready to show proof of their web registration date at the Orientation, either from a computer printout or from the CCSF registration site on your phone. I look forward to seeing you in Januaary if you choose Math 60 or Math 90 Hybrid! Sara Peterson  Recent AnnouncementsTeaching Schedule Spring 2016
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