Advanced Placement Courses
From the National Repository of Online Courses
Monterey Institute for Technology and Education
More and more high school students are turning to Advanced Placement exams and dual enrollment courses as a means of accelerating their college education and maximizing their financial resources. Frequently, community colleges and high schools are working together to bring these opportunities to online learners.
Broadening educational opportunities through technology is the greater mission of the nonprofit Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE). As a part of this mission, MITE is developing the National Repository of Online Courses (NROC). NROC is a growing library of high-quality online courses for students and faculty in higher education, high school, and Advanced Placement© (AP). This project, supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, facilitates collaboration among a community of content developers to reach students and teachers worldwide.
Courses in the NROC library are contributed by developers from leading eLearning programs across the country. All courses are assessed to ensure they meet high standards of scholarship, instructional value, and presentational impact. NROC works with developers and contributes resources to improve course quality and to provide ongoing maintenance. NROC courses are designed to cover the breadth and depth of topics based on generally accepted national curricula and can also be extensively customized within a course management system.
The focus of NROC is on raising the quality and flexibility of content available for online instruction and on increasing educational opportunities through partnerships with institutions interested in hosting NROC curriculum. As a SAIL Partner, MITE offers opportunities for colleges and learning institutions to immediately offer high-quality online AP curriculum options to area high schools and service support centers.
Advanced Placement Course Content
This Advanced Placement curriculum covers all of the material outlined by the College Board as necessary to prepare to pass the AP exams in the designated course areas. Courses include the following components:
- Multimedia lesson presentations to offer an overview of core material
- Assignments in reading, writing, AP practice activities, labs, and more
- Resources, including supplemental readings, web links, and more
- Assessments to evaluate student outcomes and to prepare for the AP exam
The following Advanced Placement courses are currently available.
- AP Environmental Science
This course is designed to acquaint students with the physical, ecological, social, and political principles of environmental science. Scientific method is used to analyze and understand the interrelationships between humans and the natural environment. This course shows how ecological realities and the material desires of humans often clash, leading to environmental degradation and pollution.
- AP U.S. History
This course is a survey of American History from the age of exploration and discovery to the present. Emphasis is placed on critical and evaluative thinking skills, essay writing, interpretation of original documents, and historiography.
- AP U.S. Government and Politics
This course offers a survey of American Government and Politics covering the Constitution, political beliefs, political parties, interest groups, institutions of government, public policy, and civil rights. Emphasis is placed on critical and evaluative thinking skills, essay writing, and interpretation of original documents.
- AP Calculus AB
In this single-variable course, students will learn to represent functions in a variety of ways: graphical, numerical, analytical, and verbal. They will learn the meaning of the derivative in terms of a rate of change and local approximation and the integral both as a limit of Riemann sums and as the net accumulation of change. Students will understand the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus as the relationship between the derivative and the definite integral and will solve a variety of problems that apply the core concepts of calculus.
- AP Calculus BC
In this more multivariable course, students will learn to represent functions in a variety of ways: graphical, numerical, analytical, and verbal. They will learn the meaning of the derivative in terms of a rate of change and local approximation and the integral both as a limit of Riemann sums and as the net accumulation of change. Students will understand the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus as the relationship between the derivative and the definite integral and will solve a variety of problems that apply the core concepts of calculus.
- AP Physics B
Physics is the science of matter and energy – how the universe is put together. This course is a noncalculus survey course covering five general areas: Newtonian mechanics, thermal physics, electricity and magnetism, waves and optics, and atomic and nuclear physics. Students will get an understanding of the core principles involved and learn to apply these principles in the solution of problems.
- AP Physics C
This course is an introduction to the principles of physics using calculus. Semester 1 of this course is an introduction to the principles of mechanics using calculus. Semester 2 focuses on classical electricity and magnetism.
Summary and Technical Notes
NROC offers a growing selection of course content for community colleges interested in offering AP or dual-enrollment courses for high school students. NROC courses use various combinations of video, animation, still graphics, simulations, text, and audio to provide a resource beyond the development capacity of most educational institutions and organizations. The courses also focus on student activities, interaction, and collaboration that take advantage of online communication tools.
All NROC courses adhere to specific editorial and technology standards. These standards ensure that all materials included in the library meet the curricular requirements of the course and can be widely distributed and imported into most course management systems.
Media files for courses are delivered to institutions on CD-ROM or DVD to be adapted for use within their own course management system. Downloadable installation files are available for WebCT Campus Edition and Blackboard 6.1. Ecollege master courses are also available.
The following models are offered to guide negotiation with prospective partners and institutions interested in hosting and offering NROC content on their campuses. MITE is not a credit-granting institution and does not offer hosting, teaching, or student services directly, although some of these services may be offered through NROC partners.
Model #1: Per student, per course license
With at least 100 annual enrollments, the partner institution pays $25 per student, per semester course to incorporate the NROC AP content.* This license option includes all of the AP materials defined above, as well as offerings in other higher education disciplines. Once licensed, the Advanced Placement content lives on the servers of the licensee.
*Costs may be higher with smaller enrollments.
Model #2: Unlimited license for all courses in the NROC library
This option provides the greatest value for our licensees if the institution has the enrollments to justify the cost. With 1,000 individual users per year, and at a price of $25,000, students may access as many NROC courses per year as desired. This drives the cost down to a few dollars per course. See the latest listing at www.montereyinstitute.org/nroc. NROC provides all of the content to be hosted on the partner institution’s server(s), and courses are offered using the partner’s faculty.
For additional information, please contact Terri Rowenhorst at the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education 719-545-1781. Learn more about NROC at www.montereyinstitute.org.