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Finding Good Math Videos for Online Courses

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online-math-video-resourcesBy Gayle Hughes
Mathematics Faculty Member, American Public University

Mathematics is a great subject for videos. Many students find that watching a professor or fellow student solve a problem step-by-step helps in understanding of the concepts. Students in an online environment can benefit from videos that recreate a face-to-face classroom. Although you cannot raise your hand and ask the professor a question, you can rewind and re-play a video as many times as you need until you have mastered a concept. An overview of the APUS video sets that were created in conjunction with the State of West Virginia Math Video Initiative can be found at http://www.apus.edu/media/mathWV/. Topics include algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, contemporary math, and statistics.  Each topic has a series of 30 or more videos on specific lessons and applications.

In addition, the APUS YouTube channel offers a large collection of videos created for algebra, trigonometry, and calculus that can be utilized by students. You will just need to search on your topic of interest. The trigonometry channel, for example, has more than 60 individual videos on all of the concepts, that are covered in the course.

Other types of videos that have been very helpful to students include the collection at Khan Academy, MathVids, MathTV, PatrickJMT, and Online Math Learning.

About the Author:

Gayle Hughes holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Bio-Medical Engineering. She worked in the aerospace industry for over 14 years as a Senior Systems Engineer. She has been teaching mathematics to a variety of levels of students ranging from middle school through college for the past 15 years.

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