USG Teaching and Learning Conference: Best Practices for Promoting Engaged Student Learning
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Wednesday, April 13 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
P07-Taking Pre-calculus Class In A Community College Can Be More Cost Effective

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Wanjun Hu, Li Feng

From the student's perspective, pre-calculus classes are hard for three reasons: (1) there are so many scattered math concepts and calculations, (2) the professors are not teaching in the students' comfortable way, (3) the textbook is expensive but not helpful. Taking students' concerns into consideration, we provide a pamphlet of about 16 topics. For each topic, we define the algebraic form (what one can write down in Mathematics). Then, we explain its geometric meaning (what one can see). Finally, we list some types of problems and ways to solve them. To facilitate students' learning, we provide a copy of free textbook chapter from OpenStax, and a sample test, so that students can prepare for tests and exams with targets. For a comparison, two sections are taught with one using this new strategy and one using traditional way. Our results show that no significant difference between them in terms of students' performance.


Li Feng

Albany State University

Wanjun Hu

Albany State University
Albany State UniversityContributed Paper-FacultyTechnologyHow much does touch screen technology help under-prepared students in science and math classes?Teaching mathematics and sciences using touch screen technology has been introduced to many classrooms. However, our study shows... Read More →

Wednesday April 13, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Hill Atrium/Pecan Tree Galleria

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