Monday, August 1, 2016

MyMathLab for Math Lit 2e Now Available! (updated)

The MyMathLab (MML) course for the 2nd edition of Math Lit is now available. There are many improvements and additions to the first editions MML course.

Homework/quiz/test creation

  • More MML problems to choose from including some Concepts and Applications problems from the book homework for each book section (see Tip below)
  • Each section name includes its topic for ease of selecting problems when creating homeworks/quizzes/tests
  • Problems are clearly labeled for ease of use
    • MML only (for exercises that are only in MML and not in the book)
    • TextSkills (first two skill exercises of each book homework)
    • TextC&Apps (concepts and applications problems in the book)
  • Sample tests available for instructors who want to test online or have practice tests online
  • A Getting Ready for Math Lit appendix to provide additional prerequisite content questions above the included Getting Ready prereq quiz
8/3 Update:

An improved TestGen testbank was created for this edition of the text. You can download it from this page. Choose the Resources tab and scroll down. Although it says it's not available yet, it is there and available for download.

The testbank questions are also going to be converted to MML questions and will be available in the MML assignment manager as additional testbank questions on 8/17/16. For those wanting even more problems to use, this should help a lot.

Student resources
  • ebook has many more videos to support students (and all videos in the text were made for Math Lit)
  • Answers to book homework only available in MML so that you can choose to reveal or hide them
  • Updated Excel appendix with additional functions included
Instructor resources
  • Printable homework masters if you want to collect book homework but don't want to disrupt the next section's pages
  • All new instructor videos to support training needs
  • Focus problem packages (problem, solution, template, rubric) with 3 problem options per cycle as follows:
    • Focus problem in the second edition
    • Focus problem from the first edition
    • One new focus problem per cycle
  • A new Instructor's Resource Manual** (available in Word and PDF formats for ease of editing items)
  • A new Instructor's Solution Manual
  • PowerPoints available for each section
You can use Learning Catalytics with the text now, but only the standard set of questions are available. We are having questions specific to Math Lit that will be included in the near future. I will update the blog with that info as I have it.

*The Instructor's Resource Manual is being completed and will be available in MML at the end of this week.

A ready-to-go course option is not available for this edition. Because it's so close to the fall semester and some instructors were counting on a ready-to-go course, I will be creating some ready-to-go versions this week. By the end of the day Wednesday of this week, I'll post course IDs that you can copy if you like of two different kinds of ready-to-go courses. One will be with the traditional use of homework (MML + book) and the other will be MML only. I'm teaching a face-to-face version of the course and an online one this fall. These types of MML courses can support each type of offering.

Tip:  If you would like to have all the Concepts and Applications problems from the homework in your MML course, you can create custom questions for the ones that aren't in MML and make the questions static and free response that you hand grade. Some questions aren't suited to being algorithmically regenerated. This option allows you to have all the problems from the text but in an online format, something that would support online course offerings more easily.

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