We are excited to finally share our ultimate proposal with you to hopefully gain your support in approaching the University of Michigan Math Department about the implementation of the “UMath” website. After the last two meetings we had with the edUMize staff, we took many of comments and concerns into consideration to come up with a better version of the website. The “UMath” website will enhance the math department by making the entire system more efficient through the use of scheduling, reserving time slots and checking availabilities in the mathlab and in office hours.
Students at the University of Michigan are involved in everything from clubs to sports to community service. The majority of the students have a very difficult time making it to their GSI’s office hours. Even if students can make it to their GSI’s office hours, they often have to wait a long time which is not only a burden but sometimes impossible due to their hectic days. So, when a student cannot make it to office hours or cannot wait for their GSI to be available, what is he or she supposed to do? This is where “UMath” comes in.
The “UMath” website is a page for students and instructors to visit to help use their time more efficient and to ensure an adequate amount of time for assistance. On the website, there is a location for students to reserve twenty-minute time slots with their GSI during his or her office hours. There is also a location for students to see how occupied the mathlab is. Thus, based on the current occupancy of the mathlab, students can decide whether to go there now or wait until it is less crowded. This helps students manage their time and ensure that they are not wasting any valuable studying time. The “UMath” website also has a page called “OTS” (Online Tutoring Service) which gives students a place to ask math questions or concepts and they will receive an answer from a GSI or upper-level math student within twenty-four hours. This also solves the problem of students not being able to make it to office hours or to the mathlab.
The UMath website is a quick, more efficient way for students to manage their time and ensure that they get the math help that they need. Check it out at http://www.wix.com/kirbyjac/umath.