Technology Champions: Jonathan Brucks and Cynthia Roberts
 A Word From the Chair...
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 UTSA Introduces Student Laptop Lending Program.
 To reserve a laptop and schedule a pickup time, students should contact the Tech Café at techcafe@utsa.edu or 2104585555.
 Math Lab: The Math Lab is open and free to all UTSA students enrolled in a mathematics course. Upper division undergraduates and graduate students are available to help with any math questions. Students taking a developmental math course, algebra, precalculus, or calculus I are especially encouraged to take advantage of this free opportunity. The Math Lab will be doing online tutoring through Zoom.
 WeBWorK Student Exam Tutorial. Duration: 11:08 min. Stepbystep tutorial on how to access tests online using the WeBWorK platform. By Sean Beatty.
 Virtual Office Hours Tutorial for Students: A short video on how students can access virtual office hours and recordings of sessions in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. Duration: 2:55 min. By Jonathan Brucks.
 GoBoard Introductory Tutorial for Students: A brief tutorial on a free way to connect with classmates, tutors, and instructors that includes a shared whiteboard, text/audio/video chat, screen sharing, and tools to help display math formulas and calculations. Duration: 4:51 min. By Jonathan Brucks.

 Blackboard Collaborative Ultra Video 2. Duration: 2 hours. This is an excellent and detailed tutorial about the use of Blackboard for online instruction by Dr. Claudia Arcolin, Director of Digital Learning. this is a MUSTWATCH!
 Blackboard Collaborate Ultra BASICS
 How to record the screen of an iPad, by Apple. This is probably the easiest solution to record handwriting on an iPad.
 Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Video 1. Duration : 6 min. Concise guide to Blacboard Ultra, by Cyndi Roberts.
 WeBWorK Exam Creation. Duration: 6.57 min. Stepbystep tutorial on how to create an exam using WeBWork, by Sean Beatty.
 GoBoard Instructor Tutorial. Duration: 5:47 min. Stebystep tutorial on the use of GoBoard, by Jonathan Brucks.
 How to create a video of handwriting in an iPad. Duration: 13 min. Detailed guide to record handwriting from an iPad on a local video on a computer, by Juan B. Gutierrez. Use this solution if you experience problems recording the screen of your iPad locally, or uploading large video files.
 Blackboard Instructor App for iPad. Duration 1:47 min. By Cindy Roberts.
 How to screen record from your iPad .Duration: 1:47 min. By Cindy Roberts.
 Moving your SHORT SNIPPET recoring (video) file to Blackboard from iPad. Duration: 1:47 min. By Cindy Roberts.
 Proctorio (if anyone is interested in the browser lockdown): How to enable Proctorio and setup up for use of Blackboard quizzes and/or exams. Duration: 4:23 min. By Cindy Roberts.
Many students have expressed concern about the decision of the Department of Mathematics to continue a letter grade scheme for the backbone courses in STEM. We are acutely aware of the challenges our students face. We are also aware that some students would like to have relief from the challenges of life under current conditions. We are approaching this matter with the highest regard for our students.
In general we designated terminal mathematics courses across multiple disciplines as pass/fail, for example MAT1023, “College Algebra with Applications”.
The mathematics courses that form the backbone for STEM have a different nature. The decision to go with a grade scheme was the consensus of a group of 50 faculty with an aggregated experience of nearly half a millennium teaching mathematics at UTSA, who met multiples times to discuss this issue. This decision was informed by analysis of one decade of undergraduate student performance data. In summary, the points that drove this decision were:
Data for other courses follow the same trend. Among those subjects that show correlation, mathematics is the single subject with the largest correlation. There are other subjects in other disciplines that do not show this strong correlation between foundational courses and subsequent courses; most of them are pass/fail.
By allowing a pass/fail in backbone STEM courses, it is a statistical certainty that Dlevel students would face an insurmountable challenge in the subsequent course. And, instead of learning basic concepts by repeating the course, they would face more advanced concepts that would require even more involvement because of a weak foundation. The outcome would be worse.
We know that this answer might not be the most satisfactory one, but it is the best studentcentered solution we found. We knew that this decision to go with regular grades for courses in the STEM backbone was going to be very unpopular. The pass/fail in these courses would bring a shortlived relief and would create a bigger problem in just one semester. We recognize that for at least four years, all our courses will need to start with a review and gentle introduction due to the mathematical deficiencies introduced by this pandemic.
The list of courses with their grade option for spring 2020 are:
In general we designated terminal mathematics courses across multiple disciplines as pass/fail, for example MAT1023, “College Algebra with Applications”.
The mathematics courses that form the backbone for STEM have a different nature. The decision to go with a grade scheme was the consensus of a group of 50 faculty with an aggregated experience of nearly half a millennium teaching mathematics at UTSA, who met multiples times to discuss this issue. This decision was informed by analysis of one decade of undergraduate student performance data. In summary, the points that drove this decision were:
 A pass/fail according to our standard corresponds to D or higher.
 There is complex web of prerequisites that require a grade or C or higher in mathematics courses. While UTSA will accept pass/fail to satisfy prerequisites for our students, it was not clear when the decision had to be made that other institutions would accept these grades to satisfy prerequisites. Actually, we cannot tell with certainty in this moment that all intuitions will. We have a substantial number of students who transfer, or drop and continue somewhere else.
 All the evidence we have, studying a decade of data and tens of thousands of students, shows that a Dlevel student in, let say college algebra, will not survive the subsequent courses. The table below shows the averages for four years of data (20162019). The columns under the header AVERAGES show the average grade in subsequent courses for students who obtained a give grade in college algebra. Our grade scheme is available at https://onestop.utsa.edu/registration/studentrecords/grades/
AVERAGES  
College Algebra Grade  Precalc  Calculus I  Calculus II 
A  2.85  2.61  2.23 
B  2.04  1.85  1.66 
C  1.44  1.5  1.41 
D (these students had to retake the course)  1.49  1.5  1.3 
By allowing a pass/fail in backbone STEM courses, it is a statistical certainty that Dlevel students would face an insurmountable challenge in the subsequent course. And, instead of learning basic concepts by repeating the course, they would face more advanced concepts that would require even more involvement because of a weak foundation. The outcome would be worse.
We know that this answer might not be the most satisfactory one, but it is the best studentcentered solution we found. We knew that this decision to go with regular grades for courses in the STEM backbone was going to be very unpopular. The pass/fail in these courses would bring a shortlived relief and would create a bigger problem in just one semester. We recognize that for at least four years, all our courses will need to start with a review and gentle introduction due to the mathematical deficiencies introduced by this pandemic.
The list of courses with their grade option for spring 2020 are:
Course  Title  Allow C/NC grading? 
AIM 6943  Internship & Research Project  No 
MAT 0203  Basic Mathematics  default grade mode is C/NC 
MAT 0213  Intermediate Algebra  default grade mode is C/NC 
MAT 1023  College Algebra w/App (Q)  Yes 
MAT 1043  Introduction to Mathematics(Q)  Yes 
MAT 1053  Mathematics for Business(Q)  No 
MAT 1073  AlgebraScientistsEngineers(Q)  No 
MAT 1093  Precalculus(Q)  No 
MAT 1133  Calculus for Business(Q)  No 
MAT 1153  Essential Elem in Math I(Q)  Yes 
MAT 1163  Essential Elem in Math II(Q)  Yes 
MAT 1193  Calculus for Biosciences(Q)  Yes 
MAT 1214  Calculus I(Q)  No 
MAT 1224  Calculus II(Q)  No 
MAT 2113  Functions and Modeling(Q)  No 
MAT 2214  Calculus III(Q)  No 
MAT 2233  Linear Algebra(Q)  No 
MAT 3013  Foundations of Mathematics(Q)  No 
MAT 3103  Data Analysis & Interpret (Q)  No 
MAT 3123  Fundamentals Of Geometry(Q)  Yes 
MAT 3213  Foundations Of Analysis(Q)  No 
MAT 3613  Differential Equations I(Q)  No 
MAT 3623  Differential Equations II(Q)  Yes 
MAT 3633  Numerical Analysis(Q)  Yes 
MAT 4113  Computer Mathematical Topic(Q)  Yes 
MAT 4213  Real Analysis I(Q)  No 
MAT 4223  Real Analysis II(Q)  No 
MAT 4233  Modern Abstract Algebra(Q)  No 
MAT 4263  Geometry(Q)  Yes 
MAT 4303  Capstone Course for Math(Q)  Yes 
MAT 4353  Math Fdtn's Cryptography(Q)  No 
MAT 4913  Independent Study(Q)  No 
MAT 4993  Honors Research(Q)  No 
MAT 5043  Euclidean&NonEucl Geometry  No 
MAT 5103  Intro to Mathematical Analysis  No 
MAT 5123  Intro to Cryptography  No 
MAT 5183  Algebra II  No 
MAT 5233  Theory: A Complex Variable II  No 
MAT 5283  Linear Algebra  No 
MAT 5553  Harmonic Analysis  No 
MAT 5603  Numerical Analysis  No 
MAT 5973  Directed Research  No 
MAT 5983  Top in Appl. MathApplied PDE  No 
MAT 6953  Independent Study  No 
MAT 6961  Comprehensive Examination  No 
MAT 6983  Master's Thesis  No 