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How do/should administrators estimate the cost of producing an online introductory mathematics class?

I can answer a small part of this. -- The most important part of the costs that administration overlooks during these kinds of efforts is the cost of maintenance of the online course content that is ...
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How shall we teach math online?

Instructor at University of Washington here - we were one of the early closures, so I feel like we're starting to get the hang of it. Here's what I'm using: Zoom: Zoom is similar to Skype, with ...
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Remote work in math academia

Context: This answer is based an experiences from maths programs at German universities. Things might be considerably different in other countries. This is mainly an answer to the teaching part of ...
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How shall we teach math online?

Already put two comments but ideas keep coming to me so I'll just package them here. Keep in mind I'm not an educator, I'm just trying to think of practical solutions to the problem as a whole. ...
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How shall we teach math online?

The case for WeBWorK tl;dr - use WebWork as an easy way of giving students as much practice solving problems as they can handle. Learn by doing lots of problems with a tight feedback loop. It ...
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How many of "The Seven Laws of Teaching" are still relevant for teaching maths today?

OP: "Refuse to teach without attention." In my role as chair, I attended an instructor's class where he really refused to advance until he was certain the students were all with him, via ...
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How shall we teach math online?

I gave a presentation to my department about this today. Like you, as I see in a comment, I am also at a CUNY math department. I haven't done all-online classes before, but I've used Blackboard ...
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How many of "The Seven Laws of Teaching" are still relevant for teaching maths today?

They are basic, friendly pieces of pedagogical advice. Most pre-college teaching is very much STILL in this mold. Where we fall down is in high-end universities and graduate schools, where pedagogy ...
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How shall we teach math online?

I like You Tube for posting videos. Once you get started it's pretty simple. There are various levels of privacy possible which you can read about. If your school has a convenient way to post videos ...
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Remote work in math academia

The question presents teaching as lecturing; that is, as presenting content in an organized manner. This is not without value; it is easier to understand well-organized content than non-organized ...
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Is Khan academy really good?

In my view, Khan Academy should be used as one would (ideally) use a textbook: To provide students with an overview of the material and algorithmic drills so the teacher has more free time to discuss ...
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Efficient methods to receive and grade online mathematics assessments?

If you have access to a device capable of touch input (like a tablet), then I would highly recommend using a stylus to annotate the pdf document. It should take almost the same time as if you were ...
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Question formats for online tests, to deter cheating

For problems that are beyond just calculations, if you can algorithmically create different problems for each student that are similar in difficulty, this may help with the near-guarantee that someone ...
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Remote work in math academia

To start with, look up the well-written-about phenomenon of MOOC attrition rates. Other than that, this is a very long "question" based on extrapolating a personal (sample of one) experience/...
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Chat software for "online office hours"

There aren't many choices that hit all the bullet points you listed, but there are some approximations that are quite good: Piazza (mentioned in another answer) is good. I've used it several times ...
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How much does it cost to develop an online course?

The Lone Ranger had escaped many dangers, but this time, the situation was hopeless. Back to the wall with 200 wild Indians surrounding him. He turned to his faithful sidekick, Tonto, and said "...
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How do/should administrators estimate the cost of producing an online introductory mathematics class?

"An online course plays roughly the same role as an interactive textbook." If we treat the above as a guideline, then some things become clear. We are willing to spend more on the ...
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Chat software for "online office hours"

One of my students recommended using https://piazza.com/ for my classes. Basically, it gives you a way of holding online office hours and harnesses some of the utility of the stack exchange model ...
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Existing Tools for Math Expression Equivalence Logic

Almost 20 years ago, I faced a similar issue in the course of designing some on-line calculus exercises... For me, it turned out to be simplest to use a Monte-Carlo idea, namely, to evaluate both ...
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Online Whiteboard Application with Simple Latex Support

Wanted to make this a comment but don't have enough reputation. There's Scratchwork and WorldWideWhiteboard that do what you want. They allow you to write in latex and it appears automatically on the ...
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How much does it cost to develop an online course?

I am using zoom, and getting better attendance sometimes than in my face-to-face classes. Modified tools for getting interaction: I ask students to put a number from 1 to 5 in the chat to rate their ...
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How, now, shall we teach math online?

I taught all of my classes in an asynchronous (fully online) format this term. Based on ideas posted here, I chose the following routine: Content Delivery: I made videos with my phone and posted them ...
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Grad school after doing an online bachelor's degree without support for undergraduate research

It seems like some of the other answers are aiming at PhD programs. I would suggest (as your question on academia.sx suggests) that you may wish to look at a Master's program (at a non-PhD-granting ...
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Online Definition/Theorem Statement Quizzes

Here are some ideas: As Brendan says above, you can give an example or non-example, and ask the student to explain why (using the definition) it is an example or non-example. You can ask for examples ...
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Question formats for online tests, to deter cheating

One of the things I'm currently testing is the addition of "find the error" based problems, and possible variations. For example (related but not the same topic) last semester I taught ...
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Remote work in math academia

On the teaching side, I could see how remote teaching can eliminate many of the inefficiencies that were present pre-pandemic. For instance, why do we need to give three identical lectures on Calculus ...
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Looking for online abstract algebra courses making use of computer algebra systems

There's Abstract Algebra: Theory and Applications by Judson and Beezer. It doesn't get to Grobner bases but does cover the standard material (and some non-standard stuff, too). It has Sage code and ...
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Is Khan academy really good?

Khan Academy has been very helpful as a supplement to my instruction in the classroom, especially for developmental students in higher education. I agree it can be confusing for students at times, as ...
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Teaching intuition for the universal property of the product (category theory)

Here is my intuition: First, each object can be used to encode some information which is accessible through morphisms. For example, take the $\mathbf{Set}$ category and two objects $A = \{0\}$, $B = \...
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