Alternative Path to Eligibility
An Alternative Path to Eligibility for Math 1050, Math 1030, and Stat 1040
You are invited to join in a pilot project for online delivery of the prerequisites for Math 1050 and Stat 1040 in a new, innovative, and exciting way.
As a participant in this Summer Semester 2012, Regional Campuses and Distance Education pilot program you will be randomly assigned to one of the two online learning systems – Knewton or iLearn, both successfully implemented in numerous higher education institutions throughout the country. Completion of either program, and a satisfactory score on the final assessment through USU, will be equivalent to meeting the prerequisites to enroll in Math 1030, Math 1050 or Stat 1040. The tuition for taking part in the pilot program is $100, no textbooks are required.
Both Knewton and iLearn cover the material for three USU courses: Math 0950, Math 0990, and Math 1010. They are self-paced and mastery-based on-line courses. You will complete an initial assessment, and then ongoing assessments will allow you to test out of numerous sections based on your existing and newly mastered skills. If you have already been successful in Math 0950 or Math 0990, you will quickly move to the content of Math 1010 you have not yet mastered. Instruction is provided through videos, presentations, guided examples, and practice exercises.
Both Knewton and iLearn can be accessed from any internet-capable device, giving you freedom in time and place of studying. Dr. Piotr Runge, a mathematics lecturer based at the USU Tooele regional campus, will provide additional helps/tutoring free of charge throughout the program, upon request. You may also seek support provided by your local campuses. If you do not complete the program this Summer Semester (by August 10, 2012) you will be able to continue in the fall (and spring, if needed). Continuing registration will cost $50.00 only per semester.
If you are already registered for Math 0950, Math 0990, or Math 1010, please consider dropping those classes and participating in the summer pilot. To enroll, you may contact your academic advisor or simply register for the Summer 2012 section of Math 0921 in BANNER using the appropriate CRN from the following list:
- Blanding - MATH 0921.AO1 36797
- Brigham - MATH 0921.BO1 36791
- Southwest - MATH 0921.CO1 36798
- Moab - MATH 0921.EO1 36792
- Kaysville - MATH 0921.KO1 36793
- Logan- MATH 0921.LO1 36790
- Orem - MATH 0921.NO1 36794
- Price - MATH 0921.PO1 36795
- Salt Lake - MATH 0921.SO1 36796
- Tooele - MATH 0921.TO1 36799
- Uintah Basin - MATH 0921.UO1 36800
- Out of State - MATH 0921.ZO1 36801
Please consider the following benefits to participating in the summer pilot program:
- Cost is reasonable and is reduced from what it will likely be if one of the piloted programs is adopted permanently at USU-RCDE
- Students at any level—Pre-Algebra (Math 0950), Beginning Algebra (Math 0990), or Intermediate Algebra (Math 1010)—who are motivated have the opportunity to qualify for Math 1050/Stat 1040 this summer!
- Students who work at a slower pace may stretch the online instruction/practice over two or three semesters at little cost, and with no repercussions to their GPA
- Flexibility! You can work on the course as frequently as you wish, any time of day, and at any location where you have internet access
- The course is individualized in a couple of ways: (1) it is self-paced, (2) either system will allow students to test out of units/sections based on existing knowledge and skills
- You will achieve the necessary level of proficiency of prerequisite knowledge/skill before advancing to units/sections that depend on that knowledge/skill
- Because the course is not for credit, is not graded, and does not affect your GPA, it may reduce your stress or anxiety.
- If you do not pass the final assessment you may repeat the course without impacting your GPA
- You don’t waste time in courses where there is content you have already learned—you “test out of” lessons targeting knowledge and skills you already possess
For more information contact Dr. Piotr Runge at firstname.lastname@example.org or (435) 882-6611 ext. 3173
Note: Dr. Runge will not be available on the week of May 7. You will have access to start the course beginning May 7, but if you assistance or want to register late, you could plan for May 14 as your start date.