Lancaster – Ohio University Lancaster Mathematics Instructor Adem Cakmak knows that math is not always the easiest subject for students. He also knows homework for his College Algebra and Precalculus courses is sometimes difficult because he's not there to help them work through the problems. But, through technology, Cakmak has found a way to be there when his students need him the most.
"Students take notes while in class and the notes make sense at the time," said Cakmak. "But, students quickly forget what happens in class and hours later when they start to work through the problems at home, the notes don't make sense anymore."
So, Cakmak wanted to find a way to help. He decided to use software on his laptop to record his class lessons. He then posts the recording on Blackboard immediately after class.
"Students sometimes wish they had some way to go back in time and listen to a part of a lesson again," said Cakmak. "Now they do."
Cakmak said he believes the videos work well on a regional campus because some non-traditional students have family and job obligations which cause them to occasionally miss class. This technology brings class to them and helps them keep up with their work.
"This gives the students an opportunity to go back to the class and watch a particular problem with full explanations directly from the instructor," said Cakmak. "My set up is working well so far and I am getting good feedback from students."