Summer 2022 Online Course Offering ~ WIU ~ Math 656

Advanced Perspective of Topics from Secondary School Mathematics: Geometry & Calculus

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Summer Online Mathematics Course

Math 656 Advanced Perspective of Topics from Secondary School Mathematics

Course Description

An advanced study of the topics from the secondary school mathematics curriculum for developing deeper connection and representations for all students. Focus is on rigorous conceptual context knowledge, methods of inquiry, and investigative problem-solving. Topics include Algebra, Statistics, Geometry*, and Calculus*. (3, repeatable to 6) Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.

*Geometry and Calculus and will be covered in this offering of Math 656.

Topics to be covered in Math 656, in summer 2022, include:

Course Information

Course title: Advanced Perspective of Topics from Secondary School Mathematics
Course number: Math 656 - I01.
Instructor: Jim Olsen, Ph.D.
STAR Number: 72422
Day/Time: This is an online course. There will be synchronous online class sessions. Synchronous class meetings will be Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 8:30-9:45 am. These class meetings will be done via Zoom. Students do not come to campus.  All class work is done remotely/online. (The class will not meet on July 4.)
Dates: This is an 8-week summer course. The course begins June 6, 2022 and ends July 29, 2022.
Location: Online using WesternOnline (Log in with your ecom username and password.)
Credit hours: 3 SH
Intended audiences:  This course is intended for high school math teachers in the MSTM (Master of Science in Teaching Mathematics) program at WIU. In addition, other graduate students, who are interested in gaining an advanced perspective of high school geometry and calculus, may want to enroll.
To Enroll: If you'd like to enroll in this course email me (Jim Olsen, and provide your W.I.U. ID number.
Textbook: I recommend you have a print high school Geometry textbook and a Calculus textbook available to you. We will use the following open-source online textbooks:

University: Western Illinois University
Pre-requisite: Permission of the instructor/enrollment in the MSTM program.
Instructor: James Olsen. Information about Jim Jim Olsen's homepage
Instructor's Phone: 309/298-2315

Graduate Program

The Department of Mathematics and Philosophy now has two masters degree programs. Math 656 is a course in the Masters of Science in Teaching Mathematics (MSTM). This degree is designed for current teachers of secondary mathematics and the courses are offered in an online format. This innovative program gives teachers an opportunity to earn a Masters degree in Mathematics and provide opportunities for these teachers to teach dual credit and college-level courses. 

Graduate School and Costs

For information on our Graduate School and costs, see For specific questions about costs contact the School of Graduate Studies; Sherman Hall 116; Macomb, IL 61455 (877-WIU Grad or 309-298-1806) Email:

Recommended Preparation for the Course

The following will be useful (before the course begins or the first couple days of class):

Sharable Flier

Click here for a one-page (PDF) flier on this course offering.

Feel free to e-mail me or call me if you have any questions.

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updated: March 28, 2022