Fibonacci Would Be Amazed By Modern Mathematics Courseware…
Fibonacci Day is on November 23rd. Only true fans of the influential mathematician or stalkers of national Fill-in-the-Blank Day have this one in their Outlook calendar. That said, its absolutely more than fine to take a moment and give a nod to the Italian who invented the eponymous sequence that continues to be used in science and marveled in nature. Below is a short video, a TED talk, on the genius of Fibonacci numbers… with 4.6 million views, it has to be good.
The Progress of Math Course Learning Materials – From Black/White Worksheets to E-homework and Tutorials.
Let’s review how we got to where we are today with most of our general education math courses, in terms of learning materials. What started out as a mostly one, then two and finally its current state, four color book. What started as black & white textbooks filled with numbers and formulas, started morphing about 30 years ago to colorful electronic homework. Since then, e-homework and embedded tutorial tools have become, for many, just as important as the book. Timesavers, study aides, reinforcers of key principles: the platforms have become the Swiss Army knife of math education.
Interactive Instruction of Electronic Media
As the features have exploded, so have the prices for many of these platforms. Instructors and administrators are asking if the hefty packages are really worth $100+. More troublesome yet, if the platform is only homework, a text has to be added, jumping the price even higher. The good news is there are now other options to major publisher math platforms, options that work particularly well if you author your material or if you aren’t wedded to a particular text.
We have been working with math instructors who want the interactive instruction of electronic media followed up with practice and auto graded homework. We’ve taken their input to develop an all-in-one solution for math departments that provides that sweet spot of engaging and affordable material for students and valuable student metrics for faculty.
Starting with their own content (print or digital) or content we provide, we have partnered to create a simple but effective digital or digital plus print solution. We organize the text online with background information for each section which can include…
- Written explanations
- Example problems
- Feedback tips
The end-of-chapter questions mimic homework platforms with advanced features…
- 20+ question types including adaptive and partial-credit questions
- Algorithmic questions
- As many attempts as you want on a question
- Directed feedback
In addition to a lower price, there are major benefits of going in the custom direction…
- The content is completely tied to your course objectives
- Each project receives its own dedicated project manager who handles the digital course prep from brainstorming to implementation to training and continued support
- Royalty options for the school, department or author
Van-Griner Learning Courseware
Van-Griner Learning Courseware is the one place a student needs to go for all their course needs. Integrated in one place, Courseware includes:
- All your content including text, lectures, notes, videos
- Quizzing and testing
- Homework and study problems
- A substantial cost savings to students
An all-in-one digital platform for STEM labs. With software tools designed specifically for labs, LabRight is ideal for pre-, in-, and post-labs, and for use with hybrid, virtual and face-to-face classes; you decide how much and where to implement digital. LabRight is easily integrated into an LMS for a seamless experience and customizable to match course outcomes. No more going it on your own and spending your valuable time piecing a solution together. We are your partner before and during the term to coordinate all aspects of your course, including LMS integration, in LabRight and to support instructors and students.
- Students arrive better prepared for lab
- The automatic grading feature frees up instructor’s time
- Class sections are more uniform
- Opportunities for cheating are curtailed
- Students are actively involved in learning, leading to better retention
- Actionable course metrics are available in real time
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