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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

No Time for Math? Just Phone It In

While most college instructors prefer that students stow their cellphones during class, a new course offered at Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, BC, Canada, actually intends students to get their phones out.

In developing the online mathematics class, the university made sure that all course materials and assignments are mobile-friendly and accessible via cellphones. The intent is to furnish more flexibility for students who may not own a computer or tablet or who may need to fit their studying into odd times away from home, such as during a work break or commute.

The course consists of a series of study modules. Students can read the materials for each module and then complete an assignment on their phone. They receive their assignment score immediately and if they earn a passing grade, they can move on to the next module at their own pace.

The instructor monitors the students’ work, provides feedback on assignments, and keeps in touch with each student by phone. Students can also schedule in-person meetings with the instructor or reach her by email.

The class also has its own Facebook group page, which, of course, is also accessible by cellphone.

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