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Math Department Transitions to Fully Online Courses

CAMPUS SPOTLIGHT NEWS

FEBRUARY 10, 2021

The Fall 2020 semester brought many changes across campus, including the Math Department’s decision to provide instruction entirely online. Nearly all students are required to complete math as part of their degree or certificate program. Math Faculty are aware of reality of math anxiety and were particularly aware of the increased stress on students during the conclusion of the Spring 2020 semester. Students shared the challenges associated with the adjustment of online learning with faculty, which resulted in increased flexibility with deadlines, incomplete grades, and additional support services provided through email and phone.

With the start of a new academic year, the Math Department continued to examine options to provide the most effective instruction to students. Faculty implemented a “Live on Zoom” delivery method to support student learning; however, as the challenges of dealing with COVID within the home continued to emerge, the decision was made to make Zoom meetings optional, with recorded lectures provided to all students. Many students reported the challenges associated with the global pandemic which included working from home, assisting children with virtual assignments, and recovering from COVID-19. Many students are completing assignments sporadically as life allows, making readily available lectures a more valuable option to all students, including dual enrolled JumpStart students.

In addition to recorded lectures, Math Faculty have continued to expand Zoom Tutoring sessions to all students. Instructors continue to work individually with students, providing one-on-one tutoring sessions. Students who are interested in registering for Zoom tutoring can contact: Cindy Shank, cshank@blueridgectc.edu or visit: https://calendly.com/cshankmathtutoring

The Math Department strives to assist students with the challenges of online learning. Any student who may be struggling with a course should reach out to their instructor immediately for support.

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