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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


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!
Lesley, Pre-MBA candidate, Summer 2010 This was my first online class, so I really had no clue what to expect. To say I was happily surprised is an understatement. I have never been a strong student when it comes to math, and this class was so clear and easy to follow that I felt I understood the concepts exceptionally well. Every lesson was clearly explained with concrete examples, and the forum was beyond helpful by being able to interact with other students and learn about their approaches. I thought the forum was just amazing; I was able to actively engage with so many other students in the class and exchange ideas with people from all over. This truly was such a rewarding experience for me and I would highly recommend this to anyone looking to take Calculus. The forum was fun to participate in, and the homeworks helped me to really nail down concepts in each lesson and stay on track. It is a lot of work, but I was able to stay ahead and get each homework done on time. This really came to my advantage at the end of the class when I prepped for the final exam. My advice is just to stay on track and be sure to do each homework assigned and turn it in on time. And don't be afraid to ask questions on the forum - I found that other students were more than willing to help explain things to me when I was stuck. This was certainly the best math class I have ever taken, and I learned more than I could have ever imagined.
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.
Nick, stationed in Iraq, applying to Military school, Summer 2010 After reading all the posts about the class and being that I was going to be taking the class online in Iraq I was a little nervous about it. Especially after the first two weeks when I was unable to download a descent version of the lecture. However, eventually I was able to save the whole lectures and that made all the difference. From then I started downloading early so I made sure to get the lecture and have time to turn the homework in early. This not only gave me bonus points but gave me a head start on the next lesson. This is my first class in about 10 years and having the discussion board available was probably the reason I passed the class. I used it on every lesson and lucky for me there were a lot of extremely smart people in my class so when I had a question they could break it down Barney style for me so I could figure out the question. Dr. Goetz and his assistants were helpful too with all the questions I had and I normally received a response in a day or two at the most. The way the course runs made perfect sense to me. What I mean is that each lesson built on the others so that you could use and reuse what you had been learning. The videos and the streaming page were helpful too when I could get them to work. That was due to the speed of the internet over here though and had nothing to do with the system. I feel that the work load for each lesson was spot on. I was able to teach myself what I needed to, ask questions on the discussion board, get answers, and still finish my homework early. I was little cramped for time some days, so that required me to work extra hard other days. I think if you can devote a solid 4 hours per lesson, you will do fine is this class. That sounds like a lot, but it would not only be working on the current lesson but reviewing and applying the past lessons subjects. Also, just like Dr. Goetz recommends, if you pause the video and do the problems on your own or rewind it to double tap some of the segments you will spend more time but be able to get a better understanding of the material.
Vincent, SFSU, Summer 2010 I didnt realize how fast this course would actually go. I really did enjoy the course and it did fit in my with my busy work schedule. I wish more math classes were like this. If i ever had a question all i would have to do is refer to the forum and the answer would already be there. It was great to have an entire community helping me.
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.
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.
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!
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!

Sarah - Wednesday, 21 May 2008, 12:17 AM Steps to Becoming Successful in this Class: Step 1: Since this class is online, choose days that are dedicated for this class. Listening to the lectures and doing homework assignments are important in getting a good grade in this class. Step 2: Make sure to watch all lectures which will be helpful doing the homework problems Step 3: Turn in homework assignments on time, and if you can, a day before for an extra 1 point, which may help your grade Step 4: Try to understand the material, if any questions, ask them on the forum and someone from the class or the TA, or the Prof. will surely help you out Step 5: Stay on the right track! if you fall behind, it is ok, but crucial, so be sure to catch up! At San Francisco State, I am a Biology major with an emphasis in Physiology. This was my first online class, and overall I say that it was a good experience. I set aside Monday and Wednesday afternoons, aside from the Weekends, to go over the lectures that corresponded to the homework assignments, and turned it in on time. Having the forums on ilearn was a great way in communicating with the other students enrolled in the class as well as the TA's and the Prof. I was able to ask a question and by the time I went to go check on it again, someone answered my question. If I had a problem on one of the homework problems, there was already a thread that related to that question, and people were able to help each other in figuring out the answer with the steps to finding it out. This was helpful for me because on those late night hours, I was able to log on and the questions I had were already posted. You need to stay focus and on track in succeeding in this class. If there is anything that you have any questions on or need any clarification, there are tutoring centers located on campus to get extra help, there are office hours to meet with the Professor and ways that you can get ahold of the TA's.