Monday, November 25, 2013

You can teach Calculus without really needing to teach

And you can learn Calculus in about ten hours a week.

Check out these online courses: Precalculus, Calculus One, and Single-Variable Calculus.  Each is about three months (one semester) long, available on Coursera for FREE, and includes weekly video lessons, peer-interactions, testing and evaluation, and a certificate of completion.  I'll tell you when I evaluate other sources of online course materials: udemy, edX, and so on.

If I was assigned to teach a large Calculus class, I would probably just reuse these resources as it would be hard to do better than some of the online courses I've tried.  Even for a small class, I might embed this material, as in modularity, as in a course within a course.
From Calculus Single Variable on Coursera
 When using these online courses or MOOCs as they are now called, the teacher is still useful.  The teacher needs to study several and select which resources to use, and also to monitor and enhance the experience where possible. 

For more elementary mathematics, like primary and secondary school (but also up to Calculus and hobby math), I like the quizzes at Khan Academy for math drill.  Khan also has extremely, extremely good video lessons. 

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