About Math 116 Online Education

April 5, 2020
Dear Sudents of Math 116,
 First of all, we hope that you and your loved ones are in good health and in good spirit. Unfortunately, we are witnessing hard times which require us to be extra cautious. We, as your instructors, are fully aware of the anxiety and concerns you are experiencing, since we are also are feeling the same way. Hopefully, these days will be over quickly, so please keep up a high spirit and please try to adhere to the rules and regulations to slow down the spread of the pandemic.
As you know, per the decision of the Higher Education Council and the presidency of our university, we are supposed start online education.
We know that you have various concerns regarding this. Thus, we will try to keep it as simple as possible.  Note that the situation at hand is forcing us to online education. We will try our best to make it as pleasant as possible for you. You should note that, all of these arrangemenets are done to minimize your loss of time.
Therefore, please read the following carefully:
0) Our aim in online education is to keep the class going, whose alternative is “stopping”. We understand that you may/will have occasional difficulties. Therefore we will
keep the pace of the class low.
1)  Math 116 Online education will be asynchronous, meaning we will NOT use a software to have an online class.
2) Instead we will create videos of our lectures and also solved exercise problems and make this avaliable to you online.
3) All material will be shared at Odtüclass:  https://odtuclass.metu.edu.tr/  (If you are not enrolled to this, send an email to benli@metu.edu.tr)
4) We will start putting material online on March 30 (maybe even earlier) So please make sure you check your mail regularly.
5) There will be 3 parts of online material (updated weekly)
      –  A video of the topic of that week, prepared by your instructors.
      – The notes of the video as a .pdf fle.
      – Solved exercises (as a .pdf file) related to the topic of the week,
All of this will be available through Odtüclass:  https://odtuclass.metu.edu.tr/
Note that we are not experienced in video creation. Hence any comments on our videos would be welcome.
6) We have opened a discussion forum on Odtüclass. You should use this forum to ask questions. Your instructors will try to answer them as soon as possible.  Please use this forum actively. We kindly ask you to use this forum as your only way of asking questions. This will also benefit your friends.
7) Regarding exams:
   As for exams, we are not  sure yet how they will be managed  in an ethical way under these circumstances. As per the presidents suggestions, we will see what happens in the future. We hope that if things progress as desired, we will able to meet and have our exams. Note that everything about the exams and the grading scheme is subject to change. Right now let us postpone questions/concerns regarding the exams to a later date.
8) The online material IS a part of the class and will be measured in the exams.  It is our expectation that you will follow the online material regularly and use the forum actively.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any type of problem.

We wish you all the best!
On behalf of your Math 116 Instructors

Gökhan Benli