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Online Placement and Assessment System Sharpens Cognitive Skills of Students Struggling in Math

Posted: 17 Aug 2012 01:12 AM PDT

MyAcadmicWorkshop is a differentiated online assessment system that helps place students into appropriate mathematics courses and helps increase student engagement and sense of accomplishment for students struggling in mathematics.

Photo: Link-Systems International

Hope is on the way for today's incoming college students seeking to overcome what can seem like an insurmountable hurdle: placing into and passing basic college math courses. MyAcademicWorkshop, unveiled today by Link-Systems International, Inc. (LSI), is a new integrated technology offering accurate mathematics course placement, adaptive placement test preparation, and a fully customizable online homework platform – all in a single package. LSI, the winner of a 2012-13 eSchool Media Readers' Choice Award, has played a leading role in distance education for over fifteen years.

Today's college students – and the institutions they attend – face daunting statistics: up to 60% of incoming students may not qualify for College Algebra. Yet College Algebra is required for the completion of most programs of study and degrees. Robert Andersen, Director of Product Development at LSI, explains how the new technology can help: "With LSI's MyAcademicWorkshop, students can find out quickly where they stand in mathematics and institutions can quickly identify students in need. LSI has a long experience with the innovators in adaptive learning. This helped us go from providing a better online homework platform, as we did in v1.0, to developing adaptive options both in objective mastery placement exams and in individualized learning experiences through which students can prepare for the next placement exam."

Spencer Hamrick, mathematics instructor and Learning Support Math Coordinator at Southern Crescent Technical College in Georgia, recently piloted MyAcademicWorkshop in MATH1012 and MATH0098 courses. Mr. Hamrick says, "MyAcadmicWorkshop is different from products that seem similar – so-called 'labs' for subject-based homework. MyAcademicWorkshop offers a full range of algorithmic homework content, at the discretion of the instructor or department, while providing automated notifications regarding student progress at levels and intervals determined by the instructor or department." He further explains, "Observed results [from the pilot] include a better, more participatory approach by students to mathematics, numerous opportunities to direct and deepen classroom discussion around essential learning objectives, and better overall performance on the course final exams."

About Link-Systems International, Inc.

LSI is a privately-held company that has been dedicated to student success and student retention in K-12 education, higher education, and workforce development education since 1995. We specialize in technology development, online tutoring services, and content services.

LSI's core technologies include a very flexible online tutoring/teaching platform, an online grade book, an online algorithm engine with metadata and workflow capabilities, and an online business intelligence/data mining technology designed to provide real-time alerts regarding student/school/teacher performance, attendance, and other metrics. LSI's core services include content development, consulting, and online tutoring through our NetTutor® brand. LSI customers include K-12 publishers, higher education publishers, virtual high schools, higher education institutions, technology companies, and joint programs dedicated to providing online educational content to members of organized labor and their families.

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Source: PR.com

18 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn’t Know by Roxanne Porter

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 11:58 PM PDT

Today I have Roxanne Porter as guest blogger. Please be sure to check out her unique guest post. Guest posts are always welcome, please contact me.

I am always interested in bizarre and strange facts. I don't know why, exactly, except that I feel like I always learn something new from them. If you are the same way, then you should check out these eighteen weird facts. Hopefully you'll learn something new!
  1. In a typical lifetime you will spend over six years dreaming.
  2. All animals dream. Dolphins dream (and sleep) on one side of their brain at a time.
  3. You will forget 90% of your dreams within 10 minutes of waking up.
  4. Right-handed people on average live nine years longer than left-handed people.
  5. Every day you breathe in about one quarter of other people's farts, eat around 3 cockroaches and 2 spiders.
  6. Valentine's Day has one of the highest suicide rates of the year.
  7. 1 out of 8 couples married this year in the United States met online.
  8. No word in English rhymes with month or orange.
  9. The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
  10. Giraffes cannot cough and rats cannot vomit.
  11. You share your birthday with at least 9 million other people in the world.
  12. A cow can climb up stairs but can't come down.
  13. A chicken will not cross a chalk line.
  14. A duck's quack doesn't echo and no one knows why.
  15. Having blue eyes is a mutation, before that everyone had brown eyes.
  16. There is a city called Rome on every continent.
  17. Owls are the only birds that can see the color blue. Dogs are colorblind.
  18. Human babies are born without kneecaps.
Well, I hope you found at least some of these facts funny, interesting, or eye-opening. Remember to always keep learning!

Roxanne Porter is a freelancer & a regular contributor for nanny classifieds.
She helps in providing knowledge about nanny services & love writing on nanny related articles. She helps in giving a fair knowledge about nanny Jobs to the community.

You can contact Amanda at her email.

Many thanks to Roxanne.
Enjoy your reading!