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MyLab Monday – How Many Questions?

## MyLab Monday – How Many Questions?

One of the most frequent questions I get about MyLab homework and quizzes is “How many problems do you put in an assignment?” My most frequent answer … It Depends. When I first started my homework assignments had somewhere between 15 and 20 questions. My chapter quizzes, which became semi-chapter quizzes, also had between 15 and 20 questions. As I have aged, I apparently have become a minimalist! I have drastically cut down the length of my assignments, and I…

Reusing Flip Materials In Online Class

## Reusing Flip Materials In Online Class

Last Spring I flipped my elementary algebra class. For each section I used a cycle of three assignments in MyMathLab to make it all work. FLIP Assignment This was a media assignment that incorporated concept videos, example videos, and homework exercises. Students completed these assignments before class. Reflect Quiz This was a 5-question quiz, focused on the problem types I felt were the most important in that section. The first attempt loaded a personalized homework, and students could take the…

MyLab Monday – Turning Off Learning Aids

## MyLab Monday – Turning Off Learning Aids

One of the biggest complaints I hear about MyMathLab homework is that students rely too heavily on the learning aids. (I know the name is now MyLab Math – but it sounds wrong to me!) In particular, many students use the “View An Example” in an attempt to mimic their way to a correct answer by replacing the “5” in the example for a “7” in the problem. I think we can all agree that this is not an effective way to learn,…

MyLab Monday – Personalized Homework

## MyLab Monday – Personalized Homework

Last week I made a post about using quizzes in MyLab. Today I will expand on that topic to include personalized homework. In MyLab you can use the results of a quiz to load a personalized homework assignment. These are powerful tools, as they help students to determine which topics will require further study and then generates a homework assignment focused on those topics. Creating Personalized Homework I begin by making the quiz first. In my current algebra classes I…

MyLab Monday – Quizzes

## MyLab Monday – Quizzes

Since the beginning of MyMathLab, I have incorporated quizzes into my courses. Creating a quiz is identical to creating a homework assignment, and many MyLab Math texts come with quizzes already loaded to copy into your course. Quizzes do differ in a couple of ways from homework assignments. Learning Aids Learning aids are automatically turned off. Students who over rely on “Help Me Solve This” or “View An Example” will hopefully realize this while taking the quiz. (I like to…

Flipped Friday – Using MyMathLab for Pre-Class Assignments

## Flipped Friday – Using MyMathLab for Pre-Class Assignments

This semester I will be posting about my experiences with the Flipped Classroom. I am using this approach in my Statistics class, and you can read about my day-by-day progress here. I am also using this approach in my Intermediate Algebra class, as well as some of my materials in an online Elementary Algebra class. If you have questions, comments, or topics you’d like me to cover, please leave a comment or reach out to me on Twitter. Pre-Class Assignments…

MyLab Monday – Media Assignments

## MyLab Monday – Media Assignments

Last night I put the finishing touches on some of the assignments for my intermediate algebra course, and I wanted to write a little bit about media assignments. In the assignments I created I added some short conceptual and example videos from the textbook. (The goal was to provide some direct instruction and review into the assignment.) I was able to do this by creating a media assignment in MyLab. Creating a media assignment is just like creating a standard…

MyLab Monday – Getting Started

## MyLab Monday – Getting Started

This semester I am devoting Mondays to getting the most out of MyLab for math instructors – MyLab Monday! If you have topics related to MyLab that you’d like me to address, or if you have questions about MyLab, please reach out to me by leaving a comment or by visiting the contact page on my website: georgewoodbury.com. Starting from Scratch If you are a first time user you will need your Pearson rep to create an account for you….

Using Facebook Groups In Online Classes

## Using Facebook Groups In Online Classes

I am teaching an online statistics class this summer, and things are going really well. One reason behind that is the Facebook group page I created for the class. Here are a couple benefits that I have observed. Ability to Contact Students when Course Site is Down Pearson performed some scheduled maintenance on their site during the first weekend of the class. Due to some issues, it took about a day longer than expected. Without the Facebook group, my only…

Flipping Elementary Algebra

## Flipping Elementary Algebra

This semester I am teaching two sections of elementary algebra using a flipped classroom model. The approach is different than the way I have flipped my statistics course, but has been very effective. I am relying heavily on MyMathLab outside the classroom. For each section that we cover … Students complete a “Flip” assignment before the material is discussed in class. The assignment contains conceptual videos that introduce each topic as well as videos of examples where problems are worked…