Category Archives: Products

Exploring Different Ways to Teach Math

Math. It’s a word that strikes fear into many students. Whether or not you’re a math major, at some point you may have to use math in post-secondary. For example, Sociology students are required to take a course on statistics, but it may have been years since they’ve taken a Math course.

At Academic-Zone, we approach this challenge with our online Numeracy-Zone module. The module is broken down into four topics: Calculations, Statistics, Algebra, and Equations & Lines. Mathematical concepts are explained using real-life examples and the module’s easy-to-navigate design allows students to explore based on their own needs and interests.  Math is learned through doing, and our modules provide students with many opportunities for practice through interactive exercises and quizzes.

There are many different ways to effectively teach math. One approach is through the use of games. In an article on Forbes, Stanford Mathematician, Dr. Keith Devlin, explains why video games are the perfect way to teach math. He explains that math is not something you know, but rather an activity that you do. He argues that games encourage students to do, by providing challenges and rewards.

What are your thoughts on the use of games as a tool for teaching math? What other strategies do you use to teach or learn math concepts?

Check out the full article on Dr. Keith Devlin here.

Module Update: Essay-Zone

Essay-ZoneEssay-Zone has been updated! Yes, that’s right, yet another update! This update includes three new updated activities, which are more intuitive and user friendly (the picture above is one of the new activities from Essay-Zone). The updated exercises also provide more valuable feedback for students.

We have also made Essay-Zone consistent with the other modules by incorporating the use of purple triangles to access the pop-ups instead of the blue question marks.

This update also brings a new feature to Academic-Zone. We are now able to embed PDF resources directly into the Academic-Zone modules. Students working through the module will have access to even more information. The resources vary from things like editing checklists to sample essays in different citation formats. These additional resources are now more accessible than ever before, and can be downloaded and printed off by students for use inside and outside the module!

Be sure to check back to see what other news Academic-Zone has to share for the upcoming 2013-14 school year.

New Module Announcement – Numeracy-Zone: Equations and Lines

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The Academic-Zone team is excited to announce the release of another new module: Numeracy-Zone: Equations and Lines! This is the fourth module to be developed under the Numeracy-Zone title, other modules include Numeracy-Zone: Calculations, Numeracy-Zone: Statistics, and Numeracy-Zone: Algebra. Numeracy-Zone: Equation and Lines will be available to Brock students during the 2013-14 school year.

Topics covered include introduction to equations and lines, the Cartesian plane, linear relationships, using the equation of a line, graphing, and systems of linear equations.

As we continue to grow, we will continue to develop and improve the line-up of Academic-Zone modules. What module do you think we should develop next?!

If you are interested in learning more leave a comment or send us an email!

New Module Annoucement – Science-Zone: Lab Reports

Lab Reports

The Academic-Zone team is proud to announce the release of Science-Zone: Lab Reports, our first science-focused module! This module is intended to provide an general overview of the key components in a post-secondary level lab report. It covers topics such as introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, and abstract. This module has a variety of videos and practice exercises to keep students engaged!

As development continues we hope to create more concentrated Lab Report modules for specific disciplines like Chemistry, Biology, or Physics!

Got an idea for product development? We’d love to hear it! Send an email to academic-zone@brocku.ca!

Module Update: Co-Op Writing and Grammar Strategies

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That’s right! Another update!

The Academic-Zone team just finalized updates to the Co-Op Writing and Grammar Strategies module. Members of our team met with Brock’s Co-Op Program Office to discuss possible updates to the Co-Op module, and there is a good chance there will be even more updates to this module down the road. For this update we focused on the content. We have incorporated more information on effective resume writing and cover letter writing strategies. We have also added full examples, in the form of PDFs, directly in the module for students to use as a reference.

We will be releasing more information on new products and other module updates later this month!

Essential English Grammar Updated

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The Essential English Grammar add-on module has been updated! We have updated many of the exercises and activities, and included some new ones too; not to mention this module sports the new Academic-Zone blue theme!

This module is the perfect way to develop fundamental grammar skills. Although this module is great for all students, it was specifically designed with the ESL/International student audience in mind! The module is loaded with ways for students to put what they have learned into practice.

Interested in exploring more? Let us know! Leave a comment or send us an email.

Blog Update: Frequently Asked Questions

Check out the FAQ tab at the top of the page! The tab now displays the answers to more of your frequently asked questions.
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Can’t find the answer to your question? Feel free to send me an email at academic-zone@brocku.ca. I will be more than happy to answer your questions.