Roberta Carew (formerly Brown)
Professor of Mathematics
Professor Carew (formerly Brown) teaches full-time on Valencia's West Campus.
Professor Carew holds a B.S. in Pure Mathematics from Florida A&M University and an M.A. in Mathematics Education from the University of Central Florida. While working on her Masters, she also earned Graduate Certificates in Community College Education and SAS Data Mining. Professor Carew is currently a PhD Candidate at UCF in the Higher Education and Policy Studies program. Her main research interests are topics related to the community college, mathematics self-efficacy in developmental math students and growth mindset theory.
In addition to teaching mathematics, Professor Carew also enjoys reading, writing, listening to music, watching NFL football, mentoring, community service, studying the Bible and spending time with family and friends.
Office: West Campus
Fall 2016 (tentative)
Tuesday and Thursday:
7:30 am - 8:30 am (in office)
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (in office)
Monday and Wednesday:
"Do not let loyal love and faithfulness leave you. Tie them around your neck; Write them on the tablet of your heart; Then you will find favor and good insight in the eyes of God and man."
- Proverbs 3:3, 4
FAQ about my online courses . . .
Is EVERYTHING online or will I have to come to campus at times?
Students enrolled in my online sections of MAC1105 and STA2023 will be completing MOST assignments online via either Pearson's MyLab software (MyMathLab or MyStatLab) or the Blackboard Course system. There will be a combination of homework and quizzes in MyLab and other weekly assignments such as reading questions, discussion posts or projects in Blackboard. HOWEVER, there will be at least two exams that MUST BE completed in a proctored environment. Students may choose to complete the exams at any Valencia Campus Testing Center free of charge or, if outside the Orlando area, make arrangements to have the exams proctored at a college or university near them. Each exam will be open for a period of 5-7 days and the dates of all exams will be provided at the very beginning of the course so that students may plan accordingly.
Do I have to purchase a textbook?
No, you do not need to purchase a physical textbook. The MyLab software that we will be using for this course comes with access to the electronic version of the textbook (e-book) we will be using for this course. HOWEVER, I do require and expect that students will be reading along in the textbook and viewing examples, etc. So if you prefer to read and work from a physical textbook, I STRONGLY recommend that you purchase either a new textbook bundled with the MyLab student access kit or purchase the student access kit and then buy a used textbook (via the bookstore, amazon.com, etc.). You can search the Valencia Online Bookstore to find the specific text we will be using. Please note that if you are taking my course online then you must search West Online as the campus. Online courses are listed separately from West Campus face-to-face courses.
Isn't taking math online hard?
Short answer? YES. But, it is the most difficult for students who assume an online course will be easier simply because it is online. Or, for those who do not have a plan in place to manage their time wisely. Many students who take online courses are taking them due to busy or complicated schedules. However, an online course requires that you be more self-disciplined because there is no regular class meeting time to remind you that you had work to do or to help keep you on pace. You will have to do that yourself. A detailed course calendar is provided from the very start of the course to help you stay organized and on schedule. You are free to work ahead at any point. All assignments are open from the first day, with the exception of the exams. However, you must stay on pace as deadlines are NOT extended and late assignments are NOT accepted. The course is organized by week with all assignments and useful resources laid out in each week's folder. As a registered Valencia student you can visit any Valencia Campus Math Center for free tutoring help, use the SmartThinking Online Tutoring resource or come by my office in person or communicate online during virtual hours for additional help. There are videos and other resources available within the Pearson MyLab software and also provided by me within the Blackboard environment. You have what you need to be successful but you have to put it all to use!
Last updated 8/3/2016