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Our Quick Online Mathematics Conversion at the University of Idaho

Session Overview

This video was part of the July 2020 REMOTE: The Connected Faculty Summit

Like most of you who were teaching collegiate mathematics in the Spring of 2020, you had to plan and implement changes to your delivery model very quickly. This was no exception for the faculty at the University of Idaho.

In this session, we will share our experiences converting our College Algebra and Intermediate Algebra courses into an online delivery model during the height of the pandemic in March of 2020.

Specifically, we will discuss how we were able to utilize our existing tutors, database, guided notebook, and eText to successfully transition from an emporium model to a fully online model.


Kirk Trigsted

Director; Polya Mathematics Center, University of Idaho
Kirk Trigsted has been a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Idaho since 1996 and the Director of the Polya Mathematics Learning Center since 2001. The Polya Mathematics Learning Center (Emporium Model) was created in 2001 as part of the National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT) Program in Course Redesign funded by the Pew charitable trust. The UI began with the redesign of two large-enrollment introductory math courses, Intermediate Algebra and College Algebra. Kirk oversees a staff of 40 employees including instructors, graduate students and undergraduate students. Kirk was one of the original NCAT redesign scholars and has consulted with many colleges and universities during several NCAT projects. Kirk is also the author or co-author of several developmental and college-level math e-Texts published by Pearson. These interactive e-Texts were specifically designed to be read online.