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UNHM is investigating possibilities re: on-line math courses.  If you have experience
with them, please send your opinions, observations,  and results of studies to
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Helen Sabin wrote:

> Jim (In your reply to Andra)
> I use computers both as supplemental and for total online teaching.  Remedial
> students can and do work wonderfully well with them.  They only need a few skills,
> and do not need to be totally savvy with the computer.  I believew that in years to
> come, everyone will hae a computer.  right now so many colleges have labs where
> information can be accessed that lack of a computer should not be a deterrent.  THe
> one key thing all online students need is "motivation."  they must have the drive to
> successfully complete their courses.  For an example of what an online course should
> be go to www.classroom.com and take a tour.  The set-up and design of those classes
> is what online teaching and taking should be all about.
> Helen Sabin
> El Camino College
>
> James Valkenburg wrote:
>
> > Andra,
> >
> >     On-line courses require many "hidden" student attributes: motivation,
> > referents, computer literacy (minimal abilities are probably not enough),
> > dedication, and follow through.  While some developmental students have these
> > atributes, many do not.  I like using the computer as supplemental instruction
> > and reinforcement for developmental level students in math; however, I do not
> > believe a credit bearing course on-line for developmental level math students is
> > in their best academic interests.
> >
> >     I think that many people are making assumptions about our society when they
> > suggest that all courses can be offered on-line.  One assumption is that
> > "everyone" owns a computer.  Another is that "everyone" has he same level of
> > computer savvy.  Maybe years in the future, but certainly not now.
> >
> > Jim
> >
> > Andra Dorlac wrote:
> >
> > > I'm thinking that if retention of distance learners is low in general, =
> > > that it would be even worse for developmental math.  There are also =
> > > concerns about security, of who is actually doing the work.
> > >
> > > Any comments?
> > >