We have a new commercial presentation on the tools available from our XYZ family of companies: XYZ Textbooks, XYZ Homework, MathTV, and MathTV Courses. If you are teaching online for the first time, we have many ways to help. Our companies are all very video intensive, setting us apart from other publishers. These videos make online teaching more effective: Students always have someone to watch work problems, discuss study skills, or present enrichment topics. These videos are built into all of our products, and that cuts down on the work you need to do when creating a course online. In fact, we already have courses set up for you, if you would like an all-in-one package. If not, there are easy ways to integrate our eBooks and videos into the courses you are currently teaching. So look for our commercial presentations schedule on this site, or request a presentation for your school. I know you will be happy you did. I can always be reached at email@example.com.
I am working from home like most of you. All the conferences where I was scheduled to speak have been cancelled, so I am doing the presentations anyway - live, online. They are the same presentations I do at conferences, but now they will be Zoom meetings. If you want to take a break from the news and get back to some fun mathematics, sign up for one of the presentations. Or if you are teaching online for the first time, I can share what I have learned about teaching online under a tight schedule. Click on any date below to see a description of the topic and/or to register for that meeting. Wishing everyone health and patience during this difficult time.
Because many colleges are having their students work from home, we are making our Bootcamp Courses free through the end of the summer. If you are needing a corequisite course for your students, you can send them to us and we will get them up to speed. You can enroll in any of our courses as well, so you can see how your students are doing. All courses are at courses.mathtv.com.
Our new MathTV eBookPlus books are just about here. Check back in a couple of days and we should have more to look at. Our new product is unique because it integrates online homework into our eBook. Most online homework systems do the opposite; they integrate the eBook into the homework system.
We know many instructors are scrambling to take their classes online for the rest of this term. What are the biggest problems with moving a person-to-person, on-campus class to an online class? Here is one study: In February of 2020, the Chronicle of Higher Education reported that the two biggest impediments to implementing online learning for both instructors and administrators were
Time it takes to adopt and implement
Faculty time and effort required
Source: Time for Class Toolkit, 2019, Tyton Partners/Babson Survey Research Group
Our MathTV CourseBooks solve both problems: They give instructors the quickest transition from a classroom on campus to an online course, anywhere. Here is why:
So, if you are just getting started with online learning, start with us; you will be glad you did! If you want to simplify your online homework system, take a look at our new system.
I think our Stat Prep book is the best book on the market to get students ready for statistics. But instructors are having a hard time finding a place for it in their curriculum; they don't have a course with Stat Prep in the title. The book is really a Quantitative Literacy book, but when instructors look at it from that perspective the topic list doesn't match the topic list they are familiar with. But the book teaches quantitative literacy, number sense, and critical thinking better than any book I have seen.
Here is my question: How do we find that group of instructors that can adjust their curriculum to fit this book into it? We know this is the best book for teaching quantitative literacy while getting students ready for statistics. How do we get instructors to take a chance on it when they don't have a Stat Prep course and their topic list for Quantitative Literacy doesn't match the list of topics in the book?
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT I was scheduled to speak this weekend in Sacramento at a regional mathematics conference. The conference was cancelled because of the Coronavirus. So I am doing the same presentation I was scheduled to do, but I'm doing it live, online, on the dates and times below. This conference cancellation has actually opened up new possibilities. Because I have been using the Zoom app for some business meetings this year, I realized it can be used for presentations as well. As more conferences are cancelled, this will be a good way to keep our professional development going. So, click on the links below to sign up for one of these presentations, and we will see what happens! If this goes well, I will do my other presentations online as well.
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