Chabot College Alternative Path in Developmental Mathematics (APDM)
The APDM program is useful for students who…
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.
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 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.
The APDM program offers students three types of opportunities to make progress in math at Chabot:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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/.