Jeffery Lewis


The following information comes from the named instructor and should describe characteristics general to courses as taught by this instructor. Individual sections of specific courses will deviate from this description in some respects.

Class Format

I am a firm believer of students taking an active role in their learning process.  Students learn more by doing than watching.  With this in mind you can expect this format:

In most face to face classes, a learning format called the Flipped Classroom sometimes in combination with Inquiry-Based Learning will be used.  Students will be required to preview the material before coming to class.  This involves reading the textbook or software sections, watching videos or supplementary materials and using these to complete a short homework set over this material and/or fill in notes over important terms and processes they have learned.  In class we will be working with the material including mini lectures, group projects, presentations and question and answer sessions over the material.

In online sections, students may be required to purchase a software package with videos available and reading the instruction sections while practicing with homework problems and mastery assignments.  You will be required to complete over 50% of your assessments in the proctored setting of the JCCC testing center or an approved testing site.  Most communication with the instructor will be via email through our software system or learning management system.

Resource Use

Software packages are essential in any online section for learning the content.  For face-to-face classes in any other course or section, textbooks and/or software may be required.  In many of these classes homework is completed by the student using the computer and software packages.

Calculators are used in most courses.  In Math 111-116, a scientific calculator is sufficient.  In Math 171 and above, a graphing calculator is strongly advised.  I can provide students calculators for testing purposes; however, the student is responsible for learning how to utilize the calculator.

Computer software, whenever needed, will be available for student use in the Math Resource Center.  In every math course, web-based materials may be used.

Online homework when available is used extensively in most of my classes (both face-to-face and online).

Assessment

Most classes have a homework component comprising up to 25% of your grade.  Other classes may have a presentation component included in this percentage.  The remainder of the grade will be quizzes, unit exams, and a comprehensive final exam.  Online classes require a minimum of 50% of the assessment in a proctored setting.

Homework Policy

Due to fairness considerations, late work is NOT accepted, however you may get homework to me AHEAD of time if you know you will need to miss class.  In classes where we use computer software, late homework will be accepted at a penalty to your grade.

Attendance Policy

Your absence may affect your grade because of your subsequent lack of knowledge and understanding.  However, absences are NOT part of the grading formula.  Makeup unit exams are not given after the exam date.  The final exam percentage may replace one or more missed or lower unit exams.

Availability

I am always available during my posted office hours with few exceptions which I will announce.  I am also on campus many other times, but an appointment would be best to take advantage of these opportunities to meet.  I try to respond to emails within 24 hours on days when school is in session, but possibly longer on weekends.