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4 semester units, fall 2014, 8 weeks, Aug 25-Dec 15
10 years of verifiable track record serving hundreds of students annually
Calculus class online with video lectures, active forum & personal help


This is the future - recent article about this this class and the professor.
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!
Lucas, The Citadel, Summer 2010 I was very pleased with this course. I have never been a math genius and the way that this course is designed helped me tremendously: the video lectures, forums, online notes, etc. I would highly recommend this course to any student who is trying to get ahead in their college credits. Fair warning though, it was not an easy summer course. You must remain motivated throughout the duration of the course and be sure to not get behind in the course load. All students have the opportunity to work ahead in the course and prevent this from happening. If you can do this, do it! Thanks Professor Goetz!
NVZ, Summer 2010 Those of us who embarked on the online class did so for many different reasons, however we all wanted to do something that was educationally progressive, innovative and beneficial, something that would add an extra dimension to the courses taught on campus. The online lectures open out true opportunities for inspirational and meaningful learning for those of us who need extra time to comprehend the material. In my opinion, the online HD lectures of professor Arek Goetz are one of the most effective teaching methods currently available in the US higher education. The online classes allow repeating the same lecture multiple times, something that on-campus classes do not offer. Also, we, students, appreciate the flexibility of the online class, as all class participants can log on and participate in discussions at a time convenient to them. Online discussions reach beyond the spatial constraints of the campus class, and as result add a richer and deeper perspective as we students respond to each other when we are informed and inspired. The online class designed by professor Arek Goetz taught us how to learn online using the Internet and equipped us students with a skill we will continue to need throughout our lives, made education accessible to all of us in innovative and exciting ways. Professor Arek Goetz established the right degree of challenge to all of us, and gave us students a feeling of responsibility for our own learning and commitment to this process, while none of us felt remote from each other or from the professor. Online lectures taught by Professor Arek Goetz are very clear and dynamic, professor always maintains eye contact with students, writes clearly on the board and invites students to take an active role in online discussion. We are all familiar with the situation of being immersed in a terrific discussion in the campus class, and then having to stop as it is the end of the scheduled class time. In the online class the discussion never stops and its force is never lost. Another advantage of the online class is that it accommodates all students, regardless of their differences. For example, I know that some of us, myself including, are shy or reluctant to speak in front of a group on campus, yet we open up freely when in front of our computer screens. Continuing online discussion has the added advantage that it can assist in identifying our weak areas and areas for improvement. I strongly believe that all online students demonstrated commitment to learning and the pursuit of new ideas. This online class was extremely effective as a virtual place to learn, exchange knowledge and ideas, fulfill our educational aspirations. It was a very good class throughout. Without any reservation, I would recommend Professor Arek Goetz' class to every student.
A student who is a parent, Spring 2010 I want to thank you for the great spring semester of online calculus. I never ever would have thought that I would be able to grasp calculus the way I did. Before enrolling in your class, I went and bought some calculus text and notes. And, although, they were insightful they were unable to convey the message the way you were able to so eloquently do. I always found the language of math, as it is written in the text, difficult to understand...it just didn't flow for me, and as much as I tried to grapple it, it just wasn't happening. Back 15+ years ago, when I was a college student, math was always difficult for me. Although I majored in biology and pre-med, I never felt the need for it, until I went into research where besides understanding the biologic processes, there was an ever greater and relevant need to validate and quantify the data by mathematical means. I was young back then, and I saw the world in black and white as I did science, but the real world is not that simple and science requires one to think outside the box. I just wish that somehow, somewhere an instructor would have mentioned that to me. But I had to figure it out on my own through culminating experiences in both life and while in the industry. But irrespective of all the experience I had thus far in life, I don't think it would have helped me understand calculus if you had not been there. Now that I have kids, not just do I want them to have the best education, but also I do not want their education to be as challenging as it was for me. You see, my parents did not have any formal college education. And throughout my education career as I struggled through math and physical sciences there wasn't anyone there for me at home who could have directed me, as I have seen with so many of my friends who fathers and mothers were engineers/scientists. It definitely helps to have some sort of a direction/guide in life. I am just glad, with your help, that I was able to get a much better understanding of math and calculus, and I know it will not just help me but also my kids, whose future I hope to positively influence with this new knowledge. Again, thank you for a great, well-structured calculus course. I had a great time, and thank you for the new found knowledge. Abdouramane. (Club of Emerging Leaders for Africa, Fall 09) I would also like to thank you for the quality of the calculus course, your method and availability. To be honest, I have never been very strong in mathematics in the past, although I covered lots of the fundamentals required to perform in the calculus course (algebra, trigonometry, basic functions, slope etc...). However, your course and method allowed me to work rigorously on each of these fundamentals, to build relationships between them and integrate them to solve calculus problems. At present, I have no doubt that this will help me throughout my professional career. Furthermore, I gained a strong interest in the discipline and wish to participate to a calculus II class. [...]
Jenna, Summer 2009 Taking this course was such a pleasure. When I first introduced myself to you before the course started, I mentioned that I had previously taken Calculus in high school. I was just thinking about that today when I realized that I learned infinitely more through this course than being in class in person, several years ago. I am extremely confident that if I need to take Calculus II on my way to medical school, I will be absolutely prepared, thanks to my thorough preparation. The coursework, video lectures, online notes, forum activity and your guidance are an unarguably winning combination. The conversation on the forum was always highly intellectually stimulating and proved that everyone, including myself, was constantly engaged and involved in their own education. The best advice I could give to someone thinking about taking this course: do it. The best advice I could give to someone enrolled in this class: be actively involved. Professor Goetz and his T.A.'s matched 100% back for every 100% of effort I gave. If you want to succeed in this course and put in the appropriate amount of work to do so, you are guaranteed success and satisfaction.
From a student who took the course from a remote location, Fall 2007 I can only echo the sentiments of my classmates and say that this was truly a wonderful way to learn math. I am grateful to Dr. Goetz, Quan and the rest of the SFSU staff who made this happen. I also want to thank my fellow students who really jumped on the opportunity of using all the online tools at our disposal to mutually facilitate our learning. Meeting up online to study has been fun and very fruitful. I loved math before this class, but the experience has strengthened my resolve to continue working hard to understand and explore these profound and incredibly useful ideas. If only the first few math classes I was put through had been like this one! This format is a great idea and it goes a long way toward repairing some of the failings in the way math is traditionally taught at this level. That deserves huge kudos. I will certainly recommend these courses and will watch to see if more advanced calculus courses taught in this format become available. I actually can't wait to take more calculus now, haha smile OK, that's all for now, thanks again and have a wonderful summer everybody!
2. What was the key to your success in this course? Not staying behind even for 1 lecture. Planning to submit the HWS early and implementing that for almost all of them. Above all that, we received the best possible education trough well organized lectures, well planned homework assignments and online supports. I also need to add that the online discussion group was a great opportunity. We had the chance to discuss and to review our questions and home work assignments. Not staying behind even for 1 lecture. Planning to submit the HWS early and implementing that for almost all of them. Above all that, we received the best possible education trough well organized lectures, well planned homework assignments and online supports. I also need to add that the online discussion group was a great opportunity. We had the chance to discuss and to review our questions and home work assignments.

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, (Fall 07)
candidate?
The key is a well planned schedule. I used to watch the lecture and complete the home works right after that or at least at the same day. Requires at least 10 -15 hours of work per week. It won't work for a student that is not willing or does not have at least 10 hours/week to allocate to the program. [comment from a student who took the class during the Fall]

4. What advice would you offer to a potential student? I never stayed behind even for one lecture. I doubt a student can make it if he or she falls behind for more than 2-3 lectures.
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