calculus

Math Doesn’t Change Much… But Teaching It Does!

Contributor: Yvette Hassakoursian, Glendale Community College (Glendale, California).
Although the content of math courses has not changed much over the past few decades, methods of teaching and delivery of material have. The era of lecture and group work is now more extensive and includes many different models. The introduction of technology has welcomed a more dynamic style of teaching, and Enhanced WebAssign (EWA) has taken those prototypes and expanded them even further.
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Calculus Students Embrace Enhanced WebAssign® — and Ask for More

Perri Larson teaches College Algebra and Calculus at Palomar College in California’s San Diego County, where she has been using Enhanced WebAssign (EWA) in Calculus since the fall of 2012. Perri was introduced to EWA at a webinar, where she learned (and liked) that students could link to video explanations of concepts from the eBook version of her text, Stewart’s Calculus. She also wanted to motivate more of her students to complete their out-of-class assignments, so she decided to test out Enhanced WebAssign, too. In this success story, you’ll read how Enhanced WebAssign has led to increased student engagement in Larson’s Read More…


Thanks to Enhanced WebAssign, Busy Student has Better Study Habits—and a Good Grade

Zak Kucera, a full-time sophomore at Northwestern University, knows what it’s like to feel frazzled. With short, intense quarters packed with classes like microeconomics, monopoly and antitrust, and geography, staying focused and on top of his studies is essential in order to not fall behind, and then find himself without the time necessary to catch up.

For his essential calculus course, the required materials included Essential Calculus from Cengage Learning, as well as Enhanced WebAssign. Zak found that he enjoyed Enhanced WebAssign right off the bat, as he usually does well with online programs. He felt that the program was not only a time saver but helped him master the concepts and retain what he was learning. At the end of the course, Zak ended up with an A-, which made him very happy.

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Five Ways to Elevate Learning with Enhanced WebAssign®

Contributor: Kimberly Benien, Wharton County Junior College (Wharton, Texas).
 
Whether I am designing a face-to-face course or an online course, student engagement is a top priority. Experience and reflection has shown me that students who are engaged in class and in the content are more likely to develop their own understanding and successfully transfer the learning to a more difficult concept, and eventually the next course. Technology helps me achieve my goal: to engage students where they are with technologies that they will use. Remember, only when students find value in it will they use it.
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Enhanced WebAssign Allows Student to Study Around her Schedule, Save Money, and Improve Skills

With the goal of attending Texas Tech in Lubbock in her future, Victoria knows she would like to earn a degree in engineering, and feels that by selecting mechanical engineering as her specialty, more career opportunities will come her way. Currently she is taking some of her math and science prerequisites, like general chemistry and calculus, while working part time for her father, studying, and making time for exercise and fun, including kick boxing.

In her calculus course, the professor would go over notes and questions in class, but the majority of the course was online, via Enhanced WebAssign. She considers herself to be somewhat tech savvy, and she enjoys her classes. Though she was surprised at first, she ended up doing well in her class and enjoying
the use of Enhanced WebAssign due to its ease of use, flexibility and affordability.

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Future Veterinarian Aces Calculus with Support from Enhanced WebAssign®

Suzanne Costner recently took Calculus at her alma mater, Cleveland Community College in North Carolina, as a pre-requisite for veterinary school at North Carolina State University. She and her fellow students meet with the course instructor every Monday to ask questions and go over the previous week’s homework problems, which students complete online, on their own time, in Enhanced WebAssign (EWA).

Suzanne enjoys being a student, studies hard, likes using computers, and, not surprisingly, has excelled in academics. She works during the week, so studies primarily on weekends and when she finds spare hours on weekdays. Accustomed to using online resources, Suzanne expected EWA to be helpful, especially in preparing for quizzes and tests. She wasn’t disappointed, noting that EWA provided more examples and more context than another company’s online math homework solution that she had used previously. Suzanne attributes her strong performance on tests to EWA.

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Enhanced WebAssign Takes the Heat Off Calculus Homework

Brandon Arrowood got a jump-start to his academic career, entering Cleveland Community College through his high school’s early college program. Brandon made his goal graduating with his high school diploma and associate’s degree simultaneously. A volunteer firefighter, Brandon plans to major in Chemistry at Western Carolina University, and pursue a career that involves supporting firefighters. Brandon uses Enhanced WebAssign for his Calculus course.
 
Though he’s always been a fan of math, Brandon finds that the challenges of a full-time student demand a better way to approach assignments. When college classes overlapped with his volunteer firefighter training, Brandon would pull all-nighters to manage all his responsibilities. Key to his math study time, says Brandon, was ensuring he had the concepts down pat.
 
As part of Brandon’s Calculus course, Enhanced WebAssign brought him closer to conceptual understanding than other homework solutions that simply drill students for answers. Besides being a timesaver, Enhanced WebAssign helped Brandon grasp Calculus concepts and work independently using his own critical-thinking skills. Brandon reports he will pass Calculus with nearly a 100 average grade.

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Enhanced WebAssign® Promotes Grade-A Work in Calculus

College sophomore Eutimio Gonzalez will transfer to Texas Tech next year to complete his biology degree. He likes science and math, which explains his degree choice and his decision to take chemistry, anatomy and physiology, and calculus in a single semester. Enhanced WebAssign® (EWA) was required in his calculus hybrid course, and proved to be beneficial. “I got an ‘A,’ and I think a lot of that had to do with EWA,” he says.

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Enhanced WebAssign® Guides Calculus Student to an “A+”

Zunair Khimani loves being a college student. A junior taking classes at two different institutions, Zunair also works part time as a pharmacy tech and plans to become a pharmacist. His current school schedule includes physics, world literature, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology — and his favorite course, calculus. “I love math, and calculus is really challenging,” says Zunair. “The instructor is awesome, and makes calculus fun.”
 
Fun doesn’t mean easy, so Zunair is pleased that Enhanced WebAssign® (EWA) is required in the course. EWA is an online homework system that enhances problems from Zunair’s Cengage Learning textbook with immediate feedback, tutorials, and Watch It video solutions that use different values from the assigned problems. “I think EWA is one of the most helpful things I have ever used. I actually took calculus previously at University of Houston and got a ‘D.’ Now that I am using Enhanced WebAssign, I have an ‘A+.’”

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Professors Team Up with Enhanced WebAssign® to Support Self-Paced Learning in Developmental Math

Jerome Murray and Jim Anderson are math professors at Clark State Community College in Springfield, Ohio. They wanted to redesign a portion of Clark State’s Developmental Math program to include courses that allowed students to work at their own pace as well as have the option of completing the entire developmental math program within a year. With these objectives in mind, Jerome and Jim set out to find a digital learning solution that would provide self-paced instruction and promote critical thinking skills. They also needed a solution that they could use in other math courses. “We wanted a learning Read More…