In creating our materials we tried to adhere to the following philosophy:
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ORS is the name we gave to an experimental practice of combining multiple low-enrollment courses in one classroom with a single instructor. The ORS model is currently being used by the Mathematics Department at Ohio Dominican University to ensure that a good variety of upper-level mathematics courses run regularly.
In order to conduct multiple classes in the same classroom, we flipped the courses. The term flipping refers to the practice of taking the lecture out of the classroom by assigning video and other multimedia presentations for students to watch at home, and using class time for what is traditionally considered to be homework. Taking lecture out of the classroom allows the instructor to focus on individual questions and small-group discussions, making the number of classes present in the same classroom immaterial.
Frequent course cancellations due to low enrollment, and lack of variety of upper-level courses can be detrimental to students, faculty and the program. ORS is a cost-effective solution for increasing frequency and variety of upper-level offerings. ORS optimizes course sequencing and selection for each student, and enables timely or early degree completion and better career preparation.
We have utilized ORS since the Fall of 2012.
The following courses have been developed:
MTH 160: Precalculus
MTH 241: Calculus II
MTH 300: Foundations in Mathematics
MTH 450: Abstract Algebra
MTH 460: Geometry
MTH 485: Elementary Topology