Suffolk's VUB is committed to preparing its students for success in post-secondary education. The majority if post-secondary institutions require incoming students to take an assessment exam in order to place these students into the appropriate level of classes. To help students get prepared to take these assessments, we have created a rigorous academic program to ensure VUB students perform to the highest of their abilities.

 

Mathematics

Introduction to Mathematics 

This class is designed to prepare students for pre-enrollment standardized exams; improving competencies up to proficiency in college-level mathematics. The course will consist of a series of lectures, assignments, self-paced online supports.  This course will focus on competencies within pre-algebra, geometry, algebra I & II.  Handouts, assignments and materials will be provided for students.  

 Khan Academy provides supplemental instruction through online videos, and practice lessons.

Curriculum is designed in consideration with the College and Career Readiness (CCR) standards as defined by the Massachusetts Department of Education, College Board Standards for College Success and MA Adult Basic Education Curriculum Framework for Mathematics.

Writing

Introduction to Writing

 

This class is designed to prepare students for college-level writing. The course will consist of
instructional lectures, open source sessions, in-class discussions, independent writing assignments, weekly written reflections, and assigned readings as outlined in the instructional schedule. Assigned readings and other class materials are provided for students.

Udemy provides a lecture series for students looking to improve their writing skills.  Quality Paragraph and Essay Writing consists of 10 lecture course can be used as either a review or preview of what it means to write with unity, coherence, and clarity. 

The curriculum is designed in consideration with The Adult Basic Education Curriculum Framework for the English Language Arts, and College and Career Readiness (CCR) standards as defined by the Massachusetts Department of Education

 

 

Foreign Language

Introduction to Foreign Language

This class is designed to familiarize students with a basic understanding of a foreign language. The course will consist of a series of self-paced online instructional lectures, quizzes, and learning outcome markers as determined by VUB staff and the student. Students will self-select a particular language to study.

Our program partners with Transparent Language, a leading provider of best-practice language learning software for consumers, government agencies, educational institutions, and businesses. More than 12,000 schools and universities, as well as top government language schools, such as the Foreign Service Institute and the Defense Language Institute use Transparent Language.  Transparent Language Online includes materials in over 100 foreign languages for English speakers and 24 English for speakers of other languages.

 

Laboratory Science

Laboratory Science:

Fit for Life: The Science of Exercise. 

6 steps to living the permanent exercise lifestyle. Science-driven, whiteboard-story designed, YOU focused.

In this course, you will learn:

1.  The incredible benefits of exercise; hint: you will be shocked at how important it is!

2.  The history of exercise.  How humans used to exercise 2+ hours a day, and why today's modern life makes it so difficult to get fit.

3.  The six essential steps you need to take to succeed in living a permanent  enjoyable exercise lifestyle.  No more fads, gimmicks, or trends.  Just proven methods that work.

 

More information coming soon!

Open Source Curriculum

Open Source Curriculum

Open Source Curriculum (OSC) is online instructional resources that can be freely used, distributed and modified.  

Staff has been intentional about designing curriculum to provide access to coursework from a distance, for those who would otherwise not be able to attend.  

Mathematics

We partner with Khan Academy to provide online instruction and coursework for student to enhance their math skills.  Those who are interested in working through our structured OSC coursework in mathematics should contact staff members to develop a course for you.

Khan Academy is a not-for-profit educational organization started by Salman Khan in 2008.  Their mission is to provide a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere.  Online materials cover subjects ranging from math and finance to history and art.  With thousands of bite-sized videos, step-by-step problems and instant data, Khan Academy provides a rich and engaging learning experience.

Writing

We partner with Udemy to provide a lecture series for students looking to improve their writing skills.   Those who are interested in working through our structured OSC coursework in writing should contact staff members to develop a course for you.

Quality Paragraph and Essay Writing consists of 10 lecture course can be used as either a review or preview of what it means to write with unity, coherence, and clarity.  This is perfect for students already enrolled in a course who might need extra help, or for students and employees who might need a refresher after time away from writing practice. 

Foreign Language

We partner with Transparent Language to provide high quality language learning instruction, accessible online and through mobile device applications (Phone®, iPad®, iPod touch®, and ANDROID™)

Transparent Language is a leading provider of best-practice language learning software for consumers, government agencies, educational institutions, and businesses. More than 12,000 schools and universities, as well as top government language schools, such as the Foreign Service Institute and the Defense Language Institute use our products.

Laboratory Science

There are a number of open source opportunities for taking a science course.  MIT Open Course Ware, one example, provides core academic materials, including syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, and exams from nearly all of their undergraduate and graduate level courses.  Many of MIT's faculty members have volunteered to share their teaching and materials through OCW including documents, video, audio, simulations, and animations for the purposes of offering education to a wider audience.  

MIT Open Course Ware provides courses free of charge, note that participation and completion of these courses do not provide credit, but rather experience and learning through the content and curriculum.