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.