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4 semester units, fall 2014, 14 weeks, Aug 25-Dec 15
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Calculus class online with video lectures, active forum & personal help


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Department of Mathematics, San Francisco State University (SFSU), 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132. SFSU is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
What are the students who succeeded in this online calculus class say and what advice they offer?
Jonathan in the process of applying to Boston University, College of Engineering, fall 2010 I want to thank you for the obvious amount of effort, enthusiasm, and organization that you put into making this class possible. Without your devotion to the subject and desire to teach the material, I feel I would not have been able to do this subject online. Many people commented,"Wow, really, calculus online? Isn't that going to be difficult?" Admittedly, I gave some wieght to thier comments, but enrolled anyway. I worked hard, but all of the details were laid out, and it was clear what needed to be done in order to succeed. This was by no means an easy class for me to complete, as I am also working full time and enrolled in a graduate degree program, but it was very much worth it. Because of this class experience, I feel that I have a solid understanding of the foundations of calculus, am able to see thier applications in the real world, and will be able to move forward in understanding of mathematics in my future academic and professional career. It was a bit unnerving to start an online class in calculus, but you made it challenging, interesting, and rewarding without making it intimidating. And for that, I thank you. Good luck in the coming semester!
Safia Abbasi, Univ. of Southern California, International Relations Global Business What surprised you the most?how much I learned and how willing I was to work with other students on-line. Your tips for other students to succeed. The best tip I can give is to create a STRUCTURED SCHEDULE and stick to it! It is so easy to fall behind in this fast-paced class, and having a designated day to watch the lecture and do the homework and allowing ample time to contribute to the on-line forum and get your questions answered is the most essential part in order to succeed in this class. I really cannot stress more how important it is to remain on task and organized.
Lauren, a Peace Corps volunteer (Fall 08). A little bit about me... I'm a Peace Corps volunteer serving in Suriname, a former Dutch colony on the East coast of South America. I arrived in May 2007 and have since worked for the Pan American Health Organization. Primarily, I am working to draft and implement a Family Health policy. I also volunteer part-time at Lotjes-Huis, a home for children displaced from their families.
B. Why Calculus 1 at SFSU? I am currently applying to Masters in Public Health programs for 2009-2010 and I needed to take a quantitative course. I researched many options and finally chose the online Calculus course offered through SFSU, taught by Professor Goetz. I was impressed by the course structure and Professor Goetz' support and responsiveness. I was also excited about participating in real time dialogue with my classmates.
C. Challenges in taking US based courses while abroad... Suprisingly, I ran into very few challenges. Suriname is certainly a developing country but as long as I gave myself plenty of time to work through power outages and bad internet connections, I was able to get my homework in on time and participate in discussions with my classmates. At all times, I had an open line of communication with Professor Goetz in case an unavoidable roadblock popped up but everything went quite smoothly. All the course required was a computer, an internet connection and a digital camera. Otherwise, all course materials were accessed online so I didn't need to worry about a textbook. Professor Goetz also provided very helpful links to differentiators, graphers and extensive background if further explanation was needed. Ultimately, my main resource was working through problems with my fellow classmates. I was always able to clear up any confusion I had and often by posting my concerns, other students realized what mistakes they had made and we worked through them together. The TA's were also extremely helpful in guiding you through a problem, rather than just giving you the solution. Often, Professor Goetz would post a response or question that would help clarify a concept as well. The lectures were extremely informative and the homework sets were well thought out an relevant.
D. I highly recommend this class to anyone living abroad. I was hesitant to engage in such an endeavour but putting off grad school another year was not an option. I'm so glad I took the course and I'm so grateful for Professor Goetz's support. The interface was straightforward and worked well on even the oldest computers. Being able to submit the homework by taking a picture was a breeze. As for the material itself, Professor Goetz made Calculus accessible to those of us who shunned math long ago. The pace was spot on and as long as I kept up with the lectures and the homework, I was never left behind. It is important to note that on average, I spent 10 hours a week which can be a lot for folks who are working but certainly doable.
Another student. Thank you for such a wonderful opportunity. I finally enjoyed learning math. It was a great adventure and I am grateful to have the opportunity to participate in this experience. I also like to say thank you to your staff (...) for the support we received even very late at night and for the fast responses. I will definitely recommend this course to all, even those who are a student, a father and working at the same time. I would have signed up for an online math 227 if there was such an opportunity, but to my knowledge it is not available. Maybe not yet! Again, thank you very much and wish you a great summer.
Elisabeth, senior, double-major in Cell & Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, SFSU, Fall 2007 1. What was the main reason you took the online Calculus course rather
than a regular class?
I took the online class to have a flexible study schedule and to experience a fully online class for the first time.

2. What was the key to your success in this course? The keys to my success in this class were keeping up with the homework and spending as much time as I could online speaking with other students - either through the iLearn message board or via an instant messaging program.

3. Who in your opinion would be a good student likely to succeed in this class format?  Who, in your opinion, would not be a good
candidate?
Likely to succeed : someone who has a really good foundation in precalculus, is a "self-starter" - someone who can work independently if necessary, someone who can work with others cooperatively, and someone who knows when they need assistance and asks for it ASAP. Not a good candidate : someone with a weak understanding of precalculus (especially algebra and trigonometry), a person who needs a lot of structure to do well, and someone who has a tendency to procrastinate.

4. What advice would you offer to a potential student? Watch the lecture videos as soon as they're available; spend at least 12 hours a week altogether on the class (including studying, watching lecture videos, chatting with others, posting Q/A to the message board, interacting with the instructor and TA, etc); do the homework on time (I suggest doing ALL the assigned problems); take the opportunity to speak with the Professor (and TA) - he is very helpful and always responds to even the most mundane questions quickly; expect there to be a difference between the way you "do" this class versus normal lectures - use this experience for all it's worth.

5. Please add anything about the class and your experience: I would like to emphasize that there are weekly in-person office hours and also a lot of availability on the part of the instructor and TA online every week to assist you with any problems you may have. Take advantage of this. Also, don't forget to check Stream if you get stuck on homework problems; I found it to be quite useful and often so. Lastly, I'd like to add that I absolutely loved this course!


Amy May 2008 The most important thing about staying ahead in this class is doing each and every homework assignment and getting it in on time (or early). I didn't realize in the beginning how much time I was really going to be spending on doing homework. It did average out to about 12-14 hours per week though, as Prof. Goetz suggests. I am a procrastinator and because of other classes and work, I would often have to wait until the night before to do my homework. Now, this isn't the best option because cramming everything in all at once can lead to information overload and it's easier to grasp things over time. But, with real dedication and the willingness to stay up until 4am doing homework, it's still possible to do well in the class as I did. The forum was almost equally as important because it allowed me to do something I wouldn't be able to do in a normal in-person class, which is ask questions whenever I need to, like at 4am. Often, when I would go to the forum, someone else would have already asked the same question I had about a problem. But honestly, I probably would not have done so well in the class had I not truly enjoyed doing the homework, even when I was the most frustrated. Calculus can be a hard thing to grasp but finally understanding a problem gave me a small sense of accomplishment. Richard, May 2008
My advice is to stay on top of the lectures and assignments. Since you can watch the lectures at your convenience it is so easy to fall behind. Turn in your assignments early. Take advantage of the free points! Heck, you have to do the assignment eventually so why not do it early and get some free points! Utilize the forums. There is a lot of helpful hints and advice that saved me this semester. Ask questions - I know its a cliche but really...if you have a question there is most likely someone else that is asking the same thing. Answer questions - Not only are you helping a fellow student but if you give a wrong answer there will be someone else that can correct and explain what you did wrong. Don't rely on the websites to answer the derivatives for you. I fell into that trap and then I realized that I would not have any idea how to solve the problem because I became reliant on them. I am a Marine Biology Major and I really should have taken this class a long time ago. It would have especially helped me to understand some of those chemistry calculations from 2/3 years ago that I am just now finally getting what it was exactly that I was doing beyond just solving it. I definitely would recommend this class to future students from any major. One of the best math experiences I have had. And I DREAD math! big grin by Pei - May 2008
Since there's no in-class lecture for this math section, it is very important that you keep on track throughout the semester. Because i was not able to keep up with the lecture and the homework sets, i could see my homework grade went up and down, which was not so good. Therefore, i was forcing myself to do extra-good at the end of the semester because i knew i had to get more points to pass this class. The extra homework point for turning it early also helped me bring up my grades a little too! Overall, it had not been easy but thanks to the replayable video lectures and the unlimited help i got from the forum on ilearn, i survived. Actually, i thought i did pretty well at the end too! Although there's no in-class lecture, there are tutoring sessions on campus that you can get help from (if you really need some personal help). You can also feel free to e mail Professor Goetz or any of the TAs, they will be more than happy to help you out like they did to me. In conclusion, this has been a great experience for me. I appreciate this opportunity to take Calculus online because as a Biology major student who commute on a daily bases, i seriously do not have much time to take a regular math class. So i definitely recommend this class to people like me.

Jennifer - Friday, 23 May 2008, 08:28 AM This is my first time taking a online math class. It's not as difficult as I thought, but it cannot be compared to a face to face class setting. The most important thing is to keep up with the lectures and homework. I found that the lectures were the most helpful, because Dr. Goetz explained it very well. I bought the textbook, but I didn't find it to be helpful at all, but there were some examples in the book that were a little helpful for doing some of my homework assignments. But most of all, you should keep up with homework assignments so you won't fall behind, because once you fall behind, it's kind of hard to catch up when everyone is already ahead.