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Math Studio Algebra (DEV 0270)

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Contact Info

Nicole Gordon
Coordinator, Basic Algebra
222 Student Success Building
Fax: 937-775-2081

Course Description

Review of arithmetic and basic algebra concepts and skills including operations involving signed numbers and fractions, factoring, polynomials, rational expressions and equations, exponents, solving systems of equations, radicals, quadratic equations, equations involving radicals or rational exponents, linear equations, and applications.


ACT < 22 or SAT < 520 or MPL 10 or 20.

Modes of Instruction

Mastery learning.


Grading is Pass/Unsatisfactory. Credit does not apply toward graduation.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Math Studio?

    The Math Studio is a high-tech student-centered learning environment designed to help students learn math by interacting with the instructional team and the ALEKS (Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces) web-based software. Upon completing an initial assessment, each student receives a personalized curriculum to address areas that need development.

  • Is Wright State the only university using this instructional method?

    No. Many other colleges and universities have adopted this courseware. Some have been using it for several years with good results.

  • Who is on the instructional team? What are their roles?

    The instructional team consists of teaching faculty and/or staff and highly trained proctors who provide one-on-one assistance to students on an individual basis. In addition, faculty and/or staff monitor each student’s progress and proactively approach students to assist them.

  • Which students attend the Math Studio?

    Students enrolled in DEV 0270 Basic & Intermediate Algebra and DEV 0410 Introductory Algebra attend the Math Studio.

  • Is DEV 0270 Basic Algebra an online course?

    No. It is not an online course. The instructional team works closely with students in the Math Studio. Students can use the course’s web-based software, ALEKS, in the studio or remotely.

  • How do faculty/staff members monitor the performance of students in their classes?

    ALEKS provides a detailed analysis of what the students are working on, how they are progressing, and what they have mastered. DEV 0270 faculty and staff can see how much time each student has spent working, both in the studio and remotely.

  • How does ALEKS work?

    ALEKS is an interactive, artificial intelligence-based software program designed to help students learn. As a student works through the course, ALEKS periodically reassesses the student to ensure that topics learned are also retained. ALEKS provides the advantage of one-on-one instruction and sufficient practice to promote mastery of the material, beyond
    superficial recall.

  • Why do students have to go to the Math Studio at specific times?

    Attending class on a regular schedule enables the instructional team to provide individualized assistance to ensure that students are making adequate progress. Students who want to complete the course in less than one semester, or who need additional help, may utilize the studio during open hours in addition to their scheduled time.

  • How does DEV 0270 Basic & Intermediate Algebra differ from a traditional math class?

    Students in a traditional math class study the same materials at the same time and progress through the class together at a pace predetermined by the instructor. The Math Studio uses a software program, ALEKS, to determine what students know and what they need to learn. This allows each student to manage his/her study time to focus on learning the information they do not know. Each student takes intermediate assessments within ALEKS. At the end of each unit, there is a test. And, at the end of the course, there is a comprehensive final exam.

  • What happens in a typical DEV 0270 Basic & Intermediate Algebra class?

    Students use ALEKS to learn and practice algebra concepts. Students can monitor their progress by reviewing their pie chart, which shows what they know and what they still need to learn. The instructional team provides individualized assistance.

  • How do students receive assistance?

    In the Math Studio, students can use the “Explain” button within ALEKS and/or get help from members of the instructional team. Students can also access ALEKS remotely, though all graded assessments must be taken in a proctored environment in the studio.

  • How do students monitor their learning and progress?

    Students see their progress by reviewing their personal pie chart, included in ALEKS.

  • Is a textbook required for this course?

    No, a textbook is not required. A course fee will be included with the student’s other fees and tuition. This fee will cover the cost of using ALEKS for the semester.

Become a Proctor

A proctor provides assistance to a small group of students taking the DEV 0270 Basic Algebra course. The proctor facilitates the progress of these students by explaining algebra concepts and answering questions. Since proctors meet with the same group of students during each of their class times, new proctors must be available to work consistently at those times (e.g. 8–10 a.m. every MW.) New proctors must be available to work at least two of the regularly scheduled sections of DEV 0270 during their first semester of employment.

Formal and on-the-job training will be provided.

Applicants must have a Math Placement Level of at least Level 40 or ACT Math > 24 or SAT Math > 579 or an A or B in college algebra or a higher level math course.

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills required. All fields of study are represented among our proctors. This is a great opportunity for intending education majors.

For more information about applying to become a proctor, please contact Nicole Gordon, coordinator.