If you are a college math professor, you know how difficult it can be to relay concepts to students. Some college students struggle to understand, no matter how hard they try. Others do not try at all, maybe because they are scared or maybe because they just do not care. Both groups can benefit from integration of technology but this may not be possible in the classroom. Instead, a math professor can use the online world to create this new learning environment.
College students study during all hours of the day and night. They will love a 24-hour online math chat room designed just for them. A professor can set this up and invite students to join, using online marketing to spread the word to other colleges and universities. Establishing a separate chat room for each mathematical discipline (geometry, calculus, etc.) ensures that discussions remain relevant.
When students have a question, they can log into the chat room and post it. Student tutors, graduate student teachers, and professors can take turns serving as subject matter experts. By incorporating professors from the eastern, central, and western U.S., most shifts will be covered. During a time when an expert is not available, students can bounce questions off of each other or refer to a knowledge database resource linked to the chat room.
These days, students access the Internet in ways other than just through a computer or laptop. They use smartphones, tablet computers, and other devices to get online from wherever they are. Making the chat room accessible to mobile devices expands its usability. This way, even when students are on the bus traveling to a school basketball game, they can log on and get answers that will make their homework easier.
To enhance the functionality of the chat room, an app can be built that incorporates formulas. Students can plug in the parameters of a problem and the app will help them find the answer. In addition to displaying the result, the app can explain the steps taken to arrive at the answer, providing students with a mini-lesson.
Once the framework of this technology has been established, the founding professor should market the chat room and app to students throughout the world. By using online marketing techniques like link exchanges, blog posts, and article writing, the site becomes more visible. Colleges will soon be buzzing about the great new tools that help math students improve in the classroom.