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WesternOnline (westernonline.wiu.edu) is our online Course Management System at WIU (it is by DesireToLearn, aka D2L).
- It is a good idea to do that "Check your system for compatibility" early in the semester (and every couple months). This can be found at the homepage of WO (WesternOnline). Call 309-298-2704 (WIU) if you have trouble.
MyMathLab (MML) is the online textbook system (from Pearson) that is used for numerous textbooks at WIU. You can usually view the entire book and do online homework and take online quizzes (which are automatically graded by MML).
- It is best to get to MML using WesternOnline (WO) in my classes. Go to WO and your course first, then click the Pearson MyLab link (then click MyMathLab with Pearson eText Course Home). I usually link MML and WO, so you do not need to go directly to MyMathLab.
- To get MML to work you need to disable the pop-up blocker and you need to allow cookies. On an iPad this is under Settings|Safari (for other devices, etc. it might be elsewhere.
- Call Pearson's helpdesk if something is going wrong. They help students every day with browser, properties, and setting issues. 800-677-6337.
College of Education and Teacher Education Links
This a new sytem of online quizzes for teachers and student. Click here for the directions.
Included on this page are links to the ISBE Basic Skills study guide and Illinois Certification Testing System. More information can be obtained from the COEHS Advising Center at 309/298-1438.
For More Information on ISBE Teacher Certification Exams follow the links in the ISBE Section of My Teaching Resources Page.
Top 10 Test-Taking Strategies
Helpful Study Tips for College Students (and time management and more)
Steps for using the TI-83+ for finding regression models for data
Easy Stats - from US Census Bureau (Can export to Excel.)
American FactFinder - from the US Census Bureau.
Measure of America - "provides easy-to-use yet methodologically sound tools for understanding the distribution of well-being and opportunity in America." Interactive maps are great.
Open Data Inception - 1600+ Open Data Portals Around the World
GapMinder.org - Data visualization. "For a fact-based world view.
BLS.gov -. Searchable, customizable, exportable to Excel.
Your Stat Class - List of organizations who have posted data. "Have you ever wanted to perform a research study but was reluctant to do so because you didn’t have the data? You soon realize that you don’t have the time, money, or resources to collect your own data. Well, don’t worry!"
NationMaster.com - A massive central data source and a handy way to graphically compare nations. You do have to side-step the ads.
Exploring Data - from the Math Forum.
Finding Data on the Internet by Robert Niles
National Center for Education Statistics - From the US Department of Education. Includes NAEP data and Public School District Finance Peer Search.
Neighborhood Data - Stats on things such as median income, money spent per pupil on education, and sunny days per year. Compare cities and against the national average. From MSN House and Home.
Social Explorer - map of US which is zoomable and clickable to find demographic data.
Gapminder World - Interesting (interactive) way to look at data.
Baseball Reference - Baseball statistics.
Baseball Almanac - Most everything you want to know about baseball.
- Baseball Formulas - Statistical Formulas for calculating baseball statistics, such as On Base Percentage, ERA, and Range Factor.
Logarithms and the Richter Scale - Earthquake Data Available from the NEIC.
Information Please - Contains almanacs, statistics, and more.
A Pocket Style Manual (4th edition as of 1/2004) by Diana Hacker. This is required for English 180 and 280 at WIU and should be used early, consistently, and often by all WIU students. If you have lost yours, they are available in the bookstore.
The Five-Paragraph Essay - from Study Guides and Strategies.
Another one on the The Five-Paragraph Essay - from the UK
Elements of Style - by William Strunk, Jr. A timeless reference that gives clear suggestions for improving ones writing.
Students writing a paper may want to click Western's Writing Center, or OWL (On-line Writing Lab at Purdue University), or click:
- Invention is an instructional handout that may help you get started with your paper.
- Transitions is an instructional handout that may help you improve the flow of your paper.
GradeSaver - Professional proofreading and editting online. Some of this costs (it's "professional"). Quite a bit is free, including ClassicNotes.
Assignment Calculator - From the University of Minnesota. Helps you set up a schedule and list of task for writing a paper. Also provides resources for improving your writing.
Things are changing (ugh). In the past I've sent letters of recommendation for students to the WIU Career Services Office and they would mail them out to school districts where students were applying for jobs. The Career Services Office no longer maintains a credentials file with letters of recommendation which they mail out to school districts where candidates are appying.
They do have a useful eRecruiting system, which I recommend you use, where candidates can post resumes and information which can be viewed by potential employers. However, the eRecruiting system has no mechanism for confidential letters of recommendation.
Many school districts are going away from letters of recommendation and using references instead. Some still use letters of recommendation.
What this all means:
- If I've had you in class and you'd like me to be a reference, I'd be happy to discuss that with you.
- If you need me to write a letter of recommendation for you, I'm also happy to discuss that with you. Realize that I will be mailing out the letter myself, so I will need the full address of the school district where you are applying.
How to Write a Great Resume: The Definitive Guide
Write a Great Resume to Start Your Careers
Get Published - click Rose-Hulman Undergraduate Mathematics Journal to see how you can submit an article for publication.
Student notes from past semesters - Old stuff:
Math 355 students click here (Fall 2002)
Educ/Math 439 students click here (Fall 2001).
Math 402 Students - Spring 2001 - WIU-RC - click for course information.
Math 402 students click here
Pythagorean and Similar Triangle Practice
Math 504 students click here
Math 406 Students click here for some good practice problems written by classmates (and a few others).
James R. Olsen, Western Illinois University
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