About how we shall proceed: Online lectures, recitations, etc.

March 23, 2020

Dear students,

As you know, the Higher Education Council, and consequently, the university administration, decided that instructors must continue their classes via online/remote teaching methods. Below you shall find some details regarding this for MATH118.

  • Since we cannot expect every student to have a stable internet connection at home and be always available at a prescheduled time, we will follow an asynchronous method for online teaching, namely, we shall record lecture videos each week and these will be put online for students to watch whenever they wish. (However, we strongly suggest that you watch the videos regularly as if you are coming to classes.)
  • Besides this, we may put the recitation questions (possibly with their sample solutions or/and some hints) on ODTUClass. Whether or not there will be “recitation videos” is going to be decided this week by the department administration.
  • At the moment, there is a possibility of virtual office hours conducted each week. (These are office hours sessions to which students connect over the internet via a special software and ask their questions about that week’s lectures and problems.) The plan for this has not been finalized yet, so keep in mind that we may not be able to do this.

We will start online classes, worst case, by March 30, 2020.

One of the most frequently asked questions by students at this time is the following: How are we going to handle the quizzes and the exams?

It is clear to us that holding “online exams/quizzes” or “take-home exams/quizzes” would not be suitable. The reason is that there is no way for us to prevent possible cheating attempts, at least for this course. (Advanced math softwares, such as Wolfram Alpha/Mathematica and Matlab, can easily solve most of the computation questions in MATH118, MATH119, MATH120, MATH219, MATH260, etc.) On the other hand, it is also clear to us that we cannot hold in-person exams until the COVID-19 situation is resolved nationwide.

The current situation is as unprecedented and shocking to us as it is to you. At this time, we are not informed about how we are going to evaluate your performance and assign grades. As soon as we receive intel on this, we will let you know.

Expect more announcements over e-mail as the semester continues.

Stay safe,

Best regards