MAT 1375 Model Course

Faculty Name | Section | Semester

Welcome, Students!

Faculty: This Model Course site uses an organizational structure to help faculty meet the recommended best practices for online, hybrid or web-enhanced pedagogy. It contains a number of resources specific to this course, as well as examples of how to use the OpenLab for communication, discussion, assignments, and more. If you’d like to use this site in your own course, take a look at the online module Getting started on the OpenLab with Math Model Courses.

This editable welcome post demonstrates how you can share announcements with your students. Please delete this informational block when you are ready to share your site with your students. For help working with OpenLab Course sites, visit OpenLab Help.

Please take some time to explore this OpenLab course site. Use the menu to explore the course information, activities, and help. As the course progresses, you will be adding your own work to the Student Work section.

Join this Course

Login to your OpenLab account and follow these instructions to join this course.

If you’re new to the OpenLab, follow these instructions to create an account and then join the course.

Remember that your username and display name can be pseudonyms, rather than your real name. Your avatar does not need to be a picture of your face–just something that identifies you on the OpenLab.


If you have any questions, reach out via email or in Office Hours. If you need help with the OpenLab, you can consult OpenLab Help or contact the OpenLab Community Team.

Student Survey

Faculty: You can use this survey to understand the technology and working spaces available to your students when they are working off-campus. To use this survey in your course, please add a due date and make any other changes you wish. Please delete this informational block when you are ready to share your site with your students. For help with surveys and quizzes, follow the instructions in OpenLab Help.

Please tell me about the technology and working space that you have available to complete your coursework.  Feel free to share any additional information in the last question box. All responses are private.

Student Survey

  • Credits: This survey is based on a survey created by Maura Smale and Mariana Regalado.

Discussion: Introductions & Mathography

Faculty: Below is a recommended activity that helps build community in your class and introduces students to commenting as a form of class discussion. If you would like to use it, please update the due date below and make any other changes you wish. Be sure to delete this informational paragraph when you’re ready to publish it for students.

Your first OpenLab Discussion assignment is to introduce yourself to your classmates.  This assignment is due Thursday, February 7th, at the start of class. Late submissions will receive partial credit.

Assignment. Add a comment in reply to this post introducing yourself to the class.  Your comment should be at least 2 paragraphs in length.  In the first paragraph, introduce yourself in whatever way you wish. You could include your academic interests, why you chose your major, what you enjoy reading, listening to, watching, and doing in your spare time, or anything else you want to share (include your pronouns, if you wish).  In the second paragraph, choose ONE of the following two topics and write a response. Don’t forget to tell us which topic you chose.

Topics (choose ONE).

  1. Was math ever your favorite subject? If so, when was it? What about math made it your favorite? If math has never been your favorite subject, what about it do you not like?
  2. Sometimes people can recognize a time when their opinion of math dramatically changed either for the better or the worse. Tell us about it.

Extra Credit. Get to know your classmates! For extra credit, write a response to one of your classmates’ comments. Do you feel the same? Did you learn anything? Do you have any advice? Be kind.

Student Post (Example)

Faculty: This example student post and comment demonstrate how students can contribute and collaborate on this course site. Please switch this example post to “Draft” or delete it when you are ready to share your site with your students. For help working with OpenLab Course sites, visit OpenLab Help.

Student Posts

Students can create posts to respond to assignments, submit work, and share ideas. Students must create an account on the OpenLab and join this course before they are able to write posts.


Students should give their posts the category “Student Work”; all posts in this category will appear under “Student Work”, with the most recent post first. Faculty can create additional categories for students to use, e.g. “Assignment 1 Posts” to help organize student work.


Students are encouraged to comment on each other’s posts to facilitate discussion and provide peer-to-peer feedback. Scroll down to see the example comment associated with this post.

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