The Introductory Algebra Review (IAR) MOOC, offered through the Udacity online learning platform, is helpful for any student who wants to brush up on math skills. For Wake Tech students (full and part-time) already taking developmental math, the MOOC can serve as supplemental instruction for seated classes. For those preparing for the North Carolina diagnostic math exam, the MOOC can help improve exam scores and in some cases place into college-level math courses. (Students receive no college credit for completing the IAR MOOC.)
The IAR MOOC aligns with the North Carolina Community College System Developmental Math Modular Curriculum, covering the first five of the curriculum’s eight modules:
DMA 010 – Operations with Integers
DMA 020 – Fractions and Decimals
DMA 030 – Proportions/Ratios/Rates/Percents
DMA 040 – Expressions, Linear Equations, Linear Inequalities
DMA 050 – Graphs and Equations of Lines
Students who complete the IAR MOOC and present a Udacity Certificate of Completion may take the diagnostic math exam again. If they test out of the above modules, they may enroll in a variety of curriculum-level math courses.
The Computer Basics MOOC offers an exploration of the world of computers for those who may not be computer literate. Students who participate fully in the activities this course presents will acquire the knowledge and skills to demonstrate computer literacy. After completing this MOOC, students should be able to take the IC3 tests, certifying that they know computer basics. (Students receive no college credit for completing the Computer Basics MOOC.)
The Chemistry Concepts MOOC (CheMOOC) is a survey of introductory chemistry using modules that include interactive review and skill-building exercises. CheMOOC provides a review of the basics necessary for success in entry-level college science courses. The course is divided into eleven sections: (1) Introduction to Science, Chemistry, and Measurement; (2) Matter and Energy; (3) Atomic History and Structure; (4) Molecular Compounds; (5) Ionic Compounds; (6) Chemical Equations and Describing Reactions; (7) Stoichiometry; (8) Aqueous Solutions; (9) Acids and Bases; (10) Gases; and (11) Basic Organic Chemistry, Functional Groups, and Intermolecular Forces. CheMOOC is online and self-paced. (Students receive no college credit for completing the CheMOOC.)
College students who need a little extra help with college-level reading and writing skills can now find it online. The Mastering the Fundamentals of Reading and Writing MOOC offers reading and writing instruction in the form of interactive videos and practice as well as critical thinking and test-taking strategies. The MOOC is designed to improve students’ ability to read and think critically about new ideas as well as to help students express themselves clearly and effectively in writing. In addition, the MOOC covers strategies for conquering test-anxiety and taking different types of tests.