Basic Arithmetic is a MOOC (massively open online course) delivered in conjunction with Scottsdale Community College. While an instructor is present in the course, they will act as more of a course coordinator than a direct instructor.
Details about the course are as follows:
- Open, free enrollment, no tuition
- First offering (500 via the Canvas Network Feb 3, 2013 – May 3, 2013)
- Future offerings will increase the maximum enrollments
- Map of enrollments in first offering of the course:
- Basic Arithmetic Student Workbook, Second edition 2013, published under a Creative Commons CC-BY license
- Free digital download through Lulu.com or
- Print and shipping costs only hard copy purchase through Lulu.com
- Over 150 videos created by the course instructor and aligned directly with lesson examples.
- For a complete list of videos and lessons that are free and open to the public, visit the SCC Mathematics Blog Page for Basic Arithmetic – Fall 2013 version
- Dr. Donna Gaudet, Ed.D
- Scottsdale Community College
- Professor of Mathematics
Donna Gaudet is an instructor in and chairman of mathematics at Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale, Arizona. She received her Ed.D in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University in 2006. She also earned an M.S. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (1991) and a B.A. in Mathematics from the same school (1989). Donna has used technology actively in her courses since the mid-1990s and her current interest is in the design and delivery of hybrid and online learning experiences and courses.
- 12 Lessons covering the topics of Whole Numbers, Fractions, Decimals, Percents, Ratios, Rates, Proportions, Statistics, Units & Conversions, Geometry, & Signed Numbers.
- Lessons are delivered via print materials (Student Workbook) and over 150 videos that are aligned directly with the examples in each lesson.
- Students work through an initial MiniLesson by completing a few videos, then a You Try problem on their own (answers are provided), more videos, more You Try problems, etc… until the MiniLesson is complete. MiniLessons are designed to be completed in 2 – 3 hours or less depending upon the current knowledge of the student.
- After MiniLesson completion, students move to online practice via an open source tool for online homework and testing called iMathAS.
- They may engage in additional written practice via a set of Practice Problems in the Student Workbook. Complete solutions are provided.
- In MathAS, students complete online HW, an online Quiz, and finally an online test. They must earn at least 80% on the lesson test to complete the lesson. All of these items are graded automatically and students receive feedback about their results.
This course is a review of Basic Arithmetic skills that serve as a prerequisite for placement into and success in pre-college and college-level algebra courses. In this course, primary emphasis will be placed on fundamental operations with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and integers. Other topics covered include proportions, percentages, representations of data, geometric figures, and measurement.
Students who should take this course include: those that have an interest in brushing up on arithmetic skills prior to taking an upcoming placement test or those that have not had math in many years and want to review foundational skills and concepts.