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CAM Math Classes (Computer Assisted Modular Math)

The School of Academic Advancement is offering a different delivery model for developmental mathematics—CAMMath (Computer Assisted Modular Math). It has been piloted and revised since Summer 2013.  We are excited about this alternative option for students and believe that it can make the developmental math experience a better fit for each individual student.  Note: There are still an equal amount of traditional sections being offered as well.

CAM Math Classes (Computer Assisted Modular Math)

The School of Academic Advancement is offering a new delivery model for developmental mathematics.    We are excited about this alternative option for students and believe that it can make the developmental math experience a better fit for each individual student.


 
What is different about the CAMMath classes (Math Concepts and Basic Algebra)?  Why are the classes scheduled at the same time, with the same instructor?
• Students that place into Math Concepts and Basic Algebra meet at the same time in the same computer classroom/lab.
• These classes use MyMathLab for web-based computer-assisted instruction that allows students to proceed at their own pace through a set of content based modules.
• MyMathLab tracks student progress and allows teachers to deliver just-in-time instruction.
• Motivated students who place into Math Concepts may be able to complete requirements for both Math Concepts and Basic Algebra in a single semester.

How will the class be organized/what will instruction look like?
• Each student’s learning experience will be customized to their individual needs – students who come to class with mastery of introductory material will be able to demonstrate their mastery via pre-tests, and homework is customized for each student based on performance on module pre-tests.
• The course is scheduled in a computer classroom/lab, where students work online in a specialized math environment that allows students to watch lecture videos, read e-texts and receive guided instruction through complex problems.
• The students receive just-in-time instruction as needed and also participate in group activities/instruction with students who are working on similar skills and concepts.
• Students are expected to attend the classes as scheduled. 
• Students are expected to work an additional 4-8 hours per week outside of class online (similar to the outside of class study time and homework expectation in traditional courses).
• All assessments (pre- and post-tests) are done online, but within the scheduled class time.  This provides a proctored environment.

Who should take the class?
• This class is intended for students whose COMPASS score placed them into Math Concepts or Basic Algebra.
•  Students should be technology friendly, very self-motivated, and able to work independently in and out of class.

Could someone complete both Math Concepts and Basic Algebra in one semester?  Should they sign up for both?
• Since the modular system is self-paced, students successfully completing the Math Concepts modules may continue into the Basic Algebra modules and complete all 16 modules in a single semester.
• Students should enroll only into the course identified by COMPASS. 
• If a Math Concepts student successfully completes both Math Concepts and Basic Algebra coursework and exams, they will be provided permission to enroll into  their next math course. 

What about students who struggle and do not complete all of the modules?
• One of the advantages of the modular system is that students may re-enroll for the next semester and be able to continue from the point at which they ended the initial semester, unlike the traditional classroom.
• For example, a student needs to complete 16 modules to demonstrate mastery of the content in Basic Algebra. If the student is able to complete modules 1 thru 12 in the first semester, the student would begin with module 13 in the subsequent semester, and would only need to complete 4 modules to complete the course.

What books are needed for this course?  (versus face-to-face)
• Instead of a textbook, students will purchase access to MyMathLab software via a course materials fee.

Are students required to have a computer (with internet access) at home?
• A home computer and broadband internet access are not required, but are strongly recommended. Students are expected to work an additional 4-8 hours per week outside of class online.  To do so, they will need to plan for where this work can be done.      
• The software is web-based so that students can do the online homework (viewing videos and doing problems) anywhere there is internet access. The libraries and Student Achievement Centers are places on campus that students can do this online work.
• Our modular system, in its initial form, is NOT intended to be an online class – our research has shown that for the majority of students, interaction with qualified and caring instructors is vital to success in mathematics – much like in a structured course setting.  Our expectation is that students will attend class consistently and interact with instructors.

For additional information contact: 

Lori Pennock, 920-568-7237 lpennock@madisoncollege.edu
Or any School of Academic Advancement Math Faculty