# Modes of Instruction: What are A&B, X&Y, and DE?

## Math 107, 65 & 55: Pre-Algebra, Elementary & Intermediate Algebra

Which format is right for you?

- Traditional Lecture – 107, 65, 55
- Half-paced Lecture – 65A&B, 55A&B
- Math X – 107X&Y, 65X&Y, 55X&Y
- Distance Education – 65, 55

Traditional Lecture

**Traditional lecture is the mode of instruction with which most students are familiar.** **These courses work well for students with the following characteristics:**

- I learn best when a teacher demonstrates problems.
- I can listen and take notes.
- I like to work in groups.
- I like a structured class.

Most lecture classes are 3 to 5 units and meet two or three times/week. A Math instructor teaches the class. Math 65 and Math 55 **each** take one semester to complete. These classes include one hour of lab per week in the Integrated Learning Center. Math 107 also takes 1 semester to complete and has several hours of lab work each week in the classroom.

**Half-paced Lecture A&B**

**These courses are best for student wanting a traditional lecture for whom the following are true: **

- I need more time for Math concepts to sink in.
- It’s been forever since I studied Math, and I need a careful review of the basics.

These are 2.5 unit classes that meet two times/week. A Math instructor teaches the class. Math 65A&B and Math 55A&B each take 2 semesters to complete. Math 65A and Math 65B comprise Math 65; similarly Math 55A and 55B comprise Math 55. These classes include one hour of lab per week in the Integrated Learning Center.

**Math X&Y**

**Math X & Math Y are designations used to describe courses which are offered in an independent study/self-paced mode. These courses work well for students with the following characteristics:**

- I am a self-motivated, dedicated, and organized student.
- I like to work alone.
- I need a quick brush up on my algebra skills.

Math 65X, 65Y, 55X, and 55Y are 2.5 units each; Math 107X and 107Y are 2 units each. Math 65X and Math 65Y comprise Math 65; similarly Math 55X and 55Y comprise Math 55 and M107X and Math 107Y comprise Math 107. Classes meet two times per week. A Math instructor is available to answer questions. There is no lecture. Assigned homework is completed by each student working independently.

**Distance Education**

**Distance education refers to course in which all or part of the course is offered on-line. It works best for students to whom the following applies: **

- I am a self-motivated, dedicated, and organized student.
- I like to work alone.
- It’s very hard for me to come to campus.
- I’m computer savvy.

In a Math 65DE or Math 55DE course, all instruction is carried out on-line. Students come to to campus for orientation and to take exams. In a Math 65 Hybrid or Math 55 Hybrid course, part of the instruction is carried out in a face-to-face setting on campus and the rest of the instruction is on-line. Exams are given on campus at designated times. Like the traditional lecture offerings of 65 and 55, the distance education offerings are 5 unit courses and each take one semester to complete. The assigned instructor determines whether the TBA lab hour is to be carried out on-line or in the Integrated Learning Center.