Posted on October 15th, 2009 by by ltopham

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About Online Math Courses

My online courses cover about the same material, in about the same time-frame, as my College lecture courses.   Online courses are designed for students who would prefer not to drive to campus every day and who can commit extra time to completing and submitting homework assignments on time.   Most of my students in previous online math courses have had heavy work and family responsibilities but have also had convenient and reliable access to the internet.   My former students were not computer ‘geeks’ but did have some computer skills and enjoyed using the internet.   Communication with my students is almost entirely by E-mail through Desire To Learn(D2L).    I am usually able to answer student questions during the same day that I receive them.   I can safely say that all of my previous students who were successful in my online courses were self motivated and possessed excellent time management skills.    The online format requires that you spend some time on the course each week.   The software does not allow you to make-up quizzes and tests.

The online courses I teach require coming to a Lonestar campus twice for a mid-term test and a end-of-course test.  You can take each test at the Testing Centers of Kingwood College, Montgomery College, North Harris College, Tomball College or Cy-Fair College.  There are no exceptions for test locations. All homework quizzes are taken online using WebAssign which is the software I use for all courses.  The  software(WebAssign) is separate from the Desire Two Learn(D2L) software which is the learning management system used by the college.  When you are ready to take a quiz  you can access the testing software directly by logging into www.webassign.net/login.html .  The general setup of the course is to cover between two or three textbook sections per week over a 15 week semester(see Syllabus).

In an online class it is important that you communicate with the instructor.  I check my D2L mail seven days a week.  Don’t hesitate to send me a question regarding the material or the tests.  If you are having hardware/software problems you need to contact the helpdesk at Webassign.

You will have one week,  5pm Monday of one week to 5pm Monday of the following week,  to submit answers to 5 or 6 homework questions from each textbook section covered during the week.  Each section quiz will be timed at 45 minutes from the first Download.   You will be allowed two submissions for each question.   The correct answer will be marked with a green check and the correct answer given after the second submission.  The point total for the 5 quiz problems will vary depending on the number of parts for each question.   The software scores each response as one point.   For example, if each of the five questions has two parts the software will score the quiz at 10 points.   The two campus tests will consist of 20 WebAssign problems selected from previous homework and is password protected.  You will have two(2) hours to submit the each test with two(2) submissions.  The last test only covers homework from the mid-term test.   You will be allowed to use your graphing calculator and scratch paper.

The WebAssign software will grade all of your homework quizzes and tests in the course.  The homework will count 50% of the final grade and each test 25%.   The courses are not set-up for extra credit or make-ups.  It is important that you login and complete weekly homework quizzes before the due date.   If you have a question regarding how a WebAssign answer was scored, you can send me an E-mail through D2L.  The final grade for the course will follow the grading schedule below:

Grading schedule

90% - 100%  =  A

80%  -  89%  =  B

70%  -  79%  =  C

60%  -  69%  =  D

< 60 %  =  F