Chabot College Alternative Path in Developmental Mathematics (APDM)

Fall 2017

 

Program Audience

Program Description

Program Format

Program Application & Enrollment Procedure

Program Opportunities

Fall 2017 Schedule

Required Material

Contact

 

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 Not Pass. To earn ½ unit, students must log 22 hours working on ALEKS; to earn 1 unit, 44 hours. Student can enroll throughout the semester, but it is the student's responsibility to make sure that the hours are completed by the last day of instruction. The student schedules to meet with the instructor once a week, during the time stated on the application. The instructor will review the student’s progress, and the student can ask questions. The student can also see the instructor during other MTH 122 time or during office hours, as well as use the drop-in tutoring in the Math Lab to get help. The actual time investment in MTH 122 to achieve the student’s personal goal is generally more than the required hours; the hours are kept at the bureaucratic minimum to allow for exercising individual flexibility and assuming responsibility for student’s own learning beyond satisfying a requirement.

 

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 Fall 2017. 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 103, 104, 65, 55, 31, 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.

 

Fall 2017 Schedule

            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 Fall 2017, these blocks are:
Mon noon–12:30 pm

Tu 9:45-10:15 am

Tu 10:45-11:15 am
Tu 1:30–2:00 pm
W 10:45-11:15 am
W 4-4:30 pm
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.

 

Contact

            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/.