ADDRESSING MATH PREPAREDNESS IN ONLINE GENERAL EDUCATION GEOSCIENCE COURSES THROUGH IMPLEMENTATION OF THE MATH YOU NEED, WHEN YOU NEED IT
During the 2012-2013 academic year, three TMYN modules were integrated into two fully online Dangerous Planet sections. Module topics included rates, unit conversions, and graphing. The web nature of TMYN makes it fairly seamless to incorporate into the online course environment, and consisted of a pre-test (for extra credit to add an incentive to complete it in a serious fashion), the three modules, and a post-test, over the first five weeks. A link to the website for TMYN was put into the course site on Blackboard, with instructions on how to proceed. The modules were scheduled with due dates that corresponded to the dates for the course learning modules, to further minimize confusion. Pre- to Post-Test scores from each semester of implementation indicate that a majority of students increased their quantitative ability, and the overall average on the post-test was 88-89%. Comments from students indicate that they appreciated the opportunity to work through basic skills in a low-pressure, discipline-specific manner, and many commented that they enjoyed the modules. Results and strategies for effectively implementing TMYN in introductory Physical Geology courses, along with potential future approaches will be presented.