**Chabot College Alternative Path in Developmental Mathematics (APDM)**

**Spring 2018**

Mr. Ming Ho |

**Program Audience**

The APDM program is useful for students who…

- …wish to review basic skills before or while taking the course for which they are eligible.
- …have dropped a math course and wish to spend the remainder of the semester strengthening basic skills before they repeat the course.
- …need
a review and can move through developmental math courses rapidly on their
own. This goal is mainly for students (a) who want to prepare for the
Chabot Math Assessment or the Math Proficiency Exam or (b) who wish to
reassess because they feel they have been placed too low into a course
they have taken before in either high school or another college.
**If you’ve never studied the content of a course before and want to assess out of it, you will most likely need to spend at least as much time as a five-unit course to reach your goal.** - …are referred by the Chabot Nursing Program for TEAS preparation.

**Program Description**

The APDM program
is designed to be a flexible-paced alternative to the traditional developmental
math sequence. Although units are granted for participation in the program, **the completion of units in and of itself
neither satisfies any math requirement nor places students in a more advanced
course than they were previously assessed**. This is a feature of the program
that allows **serious** students to
demonstrate their math skills at **their
own pace** without external demands (e.g. homework and tests) on a fixed
timeframe. Under faculty supervision, students work on a web-based learning and
assessment system (called ALEKS) that individualizes the curriculum to what
they are ready to learn and constantly assesses them. The emphasis is on what
the students learn and retain, not grades. **As
the students are mostly self-directed, this program is not recommended for
those students who need external pressure to make progress.**

Students have one weekly meeting with the instructor to monitor progress and ask questions. Between meetings, students can get help in the STEM Center (Room 3906B) or attend the instructor's office hours.

**Program Format**

Students
enroll in MTH 122 for the APDM program. There is no letter grade, only Pass to
earn credit or

**Program Application & Enrollment Procedure**

An application to the APDM program
is required. Enrollment is offered on a first-come-first-served basis. __Before
completing the application__, you may** **view
the ALEKS Student Tour
and try the ALEKS student module for free *on the ALEKS website (left-hand side) *to see if it is a
good fit for you. You can read more about the learning and assessment system at
*http://www.aleks.com/about_aleks*.

Go to *http://www.chabotcollege.edu/faculty/mho/APDM/apply.htm*
for an application. Be sure to write down the time block you have chosen for
weekly conference. Go meet the instructor Mr.
Ho (see photo)
in the STEM Center Room 3906B at your chosen time in Spring
2018. The instructor will either be at the cubicle or working with a student.
Inform the instructor that you are there so that he won’t forget to get back to
you.

Put yourself on the wait list for MTH 122 in CLASS-Web to facilitate adding into the class later. If it is not available, don’t worry about it. The enrollment is not automatic on CLASS-Web because we want to avoid students’ registering for MTH 122 as a unit filler when the student does not match the intent of the course. The application is also a way for the instructor to be familiar with individual student’s situations to help each reach their math goal.

**Program Opportunities**

The APDM program offers students three types of opportunities to make progress in math at Chabot:

- After completing 44 hours in ALEKS since your last Chabot Math Assessment, you may apply to retake the Chabot Math Assessment for higher placement. Only one such application per each fall, spring, or summer.
- Upon completing an ALEKS module corresponding to a Chabot math course and assessing at 85% in a proctored ALEKS comprehensive assessment of the module, you may file within the current semester a prerequisite challenge to enroll in the following semester in a subsequent Chabot math course. ALEKS modules corresponding to MTH 104, 55, 31, 36, trig portion of 37, and 20 are available.
- Upon completing the ALEKS module corresponding to MTH 55, you may apply to take the Math Proficiency Exam to satisfy the math requirement for the associate degree.

We meet
in-person once a week in the STEM Center, Room 3906. The instructor (see photo)
will be helping students or in the staff desk in the middle of the room.
Complete an application
to choose your meeting time block, which is 30 minutes in length. For Spring 2018, these blocks are:

Mondays 12:30 – 1:00 pm

Mondays 2:15 – 2:45 pm

Tuesdays 9:45 – 10:15 am

Tuesdays 10:45 – 11:15 am

Tuesdays 1:30 – 2:00 pm

Wednesdays 9:45 – 10:15 am

If you have to leave early or arrive late a bit,
that’s fine; just inform the instructor. If there's a time conflict,
arrangement can be made on a limited basis for checking-in with the instructor
outside the above time blocks.

**Required Material**

There is no
textbook for MTH 122, but students must purchase access to the learning and
assessment system ALEKS. As of Feb 2017, the cost for
purchasing online is $40 for 6-week access, $60 for 11-week, $81 for 18-week,
$104 for 40-week, and $109 for 52-weeks, and is subject to change. Considering how much it costs to
hire private tutors hourly, this is quite accessible. You can experience ALEKS
as a student on *the
ALEKS website*. You are encouraged to do so and
to view the ALEKS Student
Tour to see if this program is right for you.

If you have
questions/concerns or need more information, contact Mr.
Ho at *mho@chcabotcollege.edu*
with MTH 122 in the subject line. You can also see him during his office hours:
see *http://www.chabotcollege.edu/doorcards/*
when available. The information on this handout can be found at *http://www.chabotcollege.edu/faculty/mho/APDM/*.