
06111845
j
2012f.01129
Gleason, Jim
Teaching mathematics online: a virtual classroom.
J. Online Math. Appl. 6, no. pag., electronic only (2006).
2006
MAA
EN
U59
D49
R29
R59
online mathematics course
teacher education
college
online teaching
experience reports
discrete mathematics
technology
course organization
distance education
learning environment
communication
http://mathdl.maa.org/mathDL/4/?pa=content&sa=viewDocument&nodeId=1057&pf=1
Summary: When I was first asked to teach an online distance education course, I was both excited and nervous  excited about the new adventure, but nervous about teaching a topic I had never fully learned using a medium that I knew little about. I was a postdoc at the University of Tennessee when the mathematics department head asked if I would teach the discrete mathematics course designed for secondary mathematics teachers. The majority of the students enrolled in the course were part of the ACCLAIM (Appalachian Collaborative Center for Learning, Assessment, and Instruction in Mathematics) doctoral program in mathematics education, and so my student were scattered across six states, which made a distance learning environment essential. I discuss here what I learned about online mathematics courses, in terms of both curriculum and technology, and what I would suggest for those about to teach online.