MATH 122 is currently only offered in the traditional format. It satisfies both the requirements for Carolina Core and Analytical Reasoning and Problem solving (ARP). This is an algebra – based course, and therefore fundamentally different than the statistics courses already in place. At present this course is offered on campus within the Palmetto College system. By offering this course online, we will create another instructional option for our students. This option would not only allow students to take the course in a different instructional format, but more flexibility in scheduling and a certain degree of control in setting their own pace as they matriculate through the course. The course is design with the Palmetto College student in mind. Many of the students in Palmetto College are working and/or responsible for taking care of their households. Their schedules do not allow them to always take the course they desire in the traditional format at their local campus. The online format will allow students to work on the material as it fits into their schedule. The assignments are all online and can be completed from home. This naturally brings up the question of test security. All test are algorithmic generated. This means that every student will receive a different version of the test. The test are stored on the system server and are password protected. Students are not allowed to access a test more than once without the instructor’s permission. This means once a test is started it must be completed in the allotted time. The system also allows an instructor to restrict IP address access during the testing phase. This means students are not allowed to access other websites during the test on the device used for testing.The professor will meet with an instructional designer at the Center for Teaching Excellence and discuss ways that material posted online for this course can incorporate features to allow access by students with disabilities.
I have a few questions and comments about this proposal:
Under Justification, it says "statics courses", probably it was meant to say "statistics courses".
Under Technology requirements, it lists items which can't be used, e.g., Cellphone Calculators. No indication is given how this will be checked for an online course.
Under Course requirements, it says that all written assignments are required to be submitted using Microsoft Word. This makes no sense for mathematics. How are students supposed to enter graphs of functions, calculations etc? At a minimum scans of solutions should be allowed. If no written assignments are required this paragraph should be removed.
Final comment: Ginger Nickles Osborne, Assistant Dean for Academic Planning, Enrollment, and Curriculum has to approve these changes too and her deadline has already passed. If you can get the above issues changed I can approve it quickly, but you might need to contact her to see whether she can too.
Anton R Schep