This summer, the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) will again offer its eight-week online course, Calculus: A Modeling Approach, open to students enrolled at any ACM college. The course is designed primarily for students in the natural sciences and social sciences – such as economics, environmental science, psychology, medicine, ecology, and chemistry – who wish to apply quantitative modeling tools in their discipline.
Enrollment in the course will be limited, in order to preserve the best features of a similar on-campus liberal arts college course. The first course section will include a maximum of 20 students. A second course section may be opened if there is sufficient student demand.
Course activities will include pre-recorded lectures, online student forums, homework assignments, quizzes and exams, and weekly, live videoconference tutorials with the instructors. Students enrolled in the course MUST be available to participate in the weekly live tutorials.
The course has been developed at the request of the ACM Board of Directors and grows out of a consortial effort to explore ways in which online learning might be used to enhance the educational mission of small residential liberal arts institutions.
The first course section will be taught by Chad Topaz from Macalester College. The second course section will be taught by Kristina Garrett from St. Olaf College.
June 9 - August 1, 2014
March 31, 2014 (Note: ACM is still accepting late applications—please feel free to apply.)
The recommended academic credit is four semester hours (equivalent to a full semester course). Students will need to consult with their campus registrars to determine how the course will transfer back to their home institutions, and with the department chairs of any departments from which they expect to receive credit. For example, a student whose economics major requires a course in calculus, and who is intending to submit this course, must consult with the chair of that department.