Developmental Mathematics Pilot Classes

We offer Elementary Algebra and Intermediate Algebra in a “Pilot” format. These classes have several advantages for students. This format is especially beneficial for students who might want to progress more quickly or might need more time than traditionally allotted for the course. If the students finish Basic Math or a pilot version of Elementary Algebra before the semester ends, they can start a pilot version of the next course without an additional tuition fee for that semester. If students are in a pilot version of a developmental course and do not finish the course, they can pick up where they left off (rather than starting from the beginning) when they re-enroll in the course the next semester. Pilot classes are marked with a “P” in the comment column of MineOnline. Pilot courses also have advantages for students who want a learning environment that is different from the “traditional” mathematics class. A description of these classes follows.

Teachers will provide an orientation during which there will be an assessment of the student’s learning style, discussion of math/test anxiety, and a discussion of good math study habits including keeping a notebook for the course. 

The pilot classes will offer refined placement to see what topics each student needs; mastery learning and retesting; several methods of learning on a variety of topics; multiple pacing within the classroom (16 week track, possibly a slower track, and possibly a faster track); and individual meetings with each student. 

Methods of learning will include:

Mini Lectures.  The instructor will deliver mini lectures (approximately 20 minutes in length) on a specific schedule.  If there are two sections of the same course meeting at the same time, one instructor will give the lecture to students in both sections.    Lectures to small groups of students who are not on schedule will be given as needed.

Computer Work.  Students will be assigned computer activities – videos, animations, practice exercises, and practice tests. 

We also have manipulatives available for use – particularly for those identified as kinesthetic learners. 

 

Other FAQs

Q:    I have taken College Algebra and want to take Trigonometry and Calculus and Analytic Geometry. Do I need to take PreCalculus?

A:    No. Although we strongly recommend PreCalculus (rather than College Algebra) for students who want to take Calculus and Analytical Geometry, there is too much overlap between College Algebra and PreCalculus to justify taking PreCalculus. Enroll in Trigonometry and study the PreCalculus material that you missed. The material is listed at www.occc.edu/pbuckelew.

 

Q:    Are online courses individually paced?

A:    Not necessarily. Most instructors have homework and testing deadlines just like you would have in an on-campus class.

 

Q:    I only need to take one college level math class. Which one should I take?

A:    If you are transferring to another university, check to see what will be needed on your degree plan at that school. Otherwise, see which one works best with your major.

In Contemporary Mathematics (Math 1503), you will study the mathematics used in many real-world applications. You will experience a variety of mathematical topics. This class often involves more reading and projects and fewer tests than your standard mathematics class.

Introduction to Statistics (Math 2013) will provide the background to help you understand and critically consider the numerical information you hear in the news and advertisements on a daily basis.

In College Algebra (Math 1513), you will study a wide variety of algebraic topics that are useful in subsequent courses such as Physics and Chemistry.