Algebra 1

For installation in a Learning Management System (LMS), this two-semester course was developed for first-time algebra students of all ability levels. The program introduces learners to mathematics concepts, procedures, mathematical reasoning, and critical thinking.

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"I enjoy the course. It helps me understand math in a way I didn't before."
“It is particularly helpful to have the consistency of pedagogy and structure across all of the modules."
Sarah Weston, Director of Instruction & Technology, Mountain Heights Academy (Utah)
“The ability to modify content is extremely important. It gives teachers and staff ownership."
Bob Currie, (Former) Executive Director, Montana Digital Academy

Pedagogical Approach

Course Description

This two-semester Algebra 1 course was developed for first-time algebra students with a broad range of ability levels, from remedial to advanced. The content is correlated to all U.S. state algebra frameworks and The Common Core. This course can be used as a stand-alone or as a supplement to any algebra textbook.

The flexible, learner-centered approach offers a portfolio of learning objects designed to open the door to mathematics concepts, procedures, mathematical reasoning, and critical thinking for learners.
Students work through activities in a sequence that leverages their own successful learning strategies while building their 21st century skills.

Course Components

  • Warm-Up: A series of problems to assess prior knowledge, resulting in customized recommendations for review.
  • Presentation: A rich media presentation introducing the topic concept with illustrated examples and optional closed caption [CC] script in English and Spanish.
  • Worked Examples: Narrated, step-by-step demonstration of problem-solving procedures.
  • Practice Problems: Symbolic and word problems designed in adaptive sets, offering students practice and feedback.
  • Topic Text: Integrated textbook provides comprehensive coverage of every learning concept within each topic, available in English and Spanish.
  • Review: Self-test for understanding prior to moving to the next topic.
  • Project: Collaborative assignments in the project-based learning tradition that use real-world problems.
  • Tutor Simulation: Cumulative unit activity offers students directed guidance in solving a multi-faceted, real-world application problem.
  • Assessments: Formative and summative assessments designed to guide a learner’s progress.


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The NROC Project / Monterey Institute for Technology and Education

  • Gary Lopez, Ph.D Executive Director
  • Renae Bent Editorial Manager
  • Jessica Everton Director of Editorial Development
  • Brian Rowlett Director of Technology
  • Ruth Rominger Director of Learning Design
  • Nancy Cook Director of Operations
  • Terri Rowenhorst NROC Membership Director
  • Dani Pedrotti NROC Membership Manager
  • Jonathan Lopez Communications Manager

Editorial Team

Lead Subject Matter Expert
  • Nigel Nisbet PreK-12 Mathematics Expert, Los Angeles Unified School District
Developmental Editor
  • Jennifer Hogler, Ph.D. Carson City, NV

Content Development

Education Development Center (EDC) Math Team
  • Burt Granofsky
  • Eric Karnowski
  • Nevin Katz
  • Emily Fagan
  • Carolyn Ronchinsky
Subject Matter Expert Contributors, Math Consultants, Reviewers
  • Salman Khan Khan Academy
  • Sara Munshin Director, National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics
  • Amber Muscarello Instructor, TX
  • Lynn Skorniak Consultant, FL
  • Barbara F. Smith, Ed.D. Adjunct Faculty, OR
  • Matt Townsley Instructor, IA
  • Nora Wall Private Tutor, FL


  • Michael Bremer Grass Valley, CA
  • Kathleen Ermitage Evanston, IL
  • Bruce Hoffman Marina, CA

Additional Reviewers

  • Anna Davila Math Instructional Specialist, TX
  • Lila Nissen Math Publishing Professional, CA
  • Susan Pfeifer, Ph.D. Consultant, Wichita, KS

Market Research

  • Michael Carter, Ph.D. Twin Learning, LLC
  • John Watson Evergreen Education Group

Production Team

  • Phil Cross NexLearn, Project Manager
  • NexLearn Team
  • Chris Carson Clickteam Game Production


  • Robert Currie Michigan Virtual University
  • Rhonda Epper, Ph.D. Colorado Community Colleges Online
  • Myk Garn, Ph.D. Southern Regional Education Board
  • Francisco Hernandez, Ph.D. University of Hawai'i
  • Sally Johnstone, Ph.D. Winona State University
  • Judy Lowe Chattanooga State Community College
  • Steve Nelson Oregon Department of Education
  • Susan Patrick International Association for K-12 Online Learning
  • Stella Perez League for Innovation in Community Colleges
  • Linda Pittenger Council of Chief State School Officers
  • Steve Rheinschmidt Iowa Community College Online Consortium
  • Myra Snell Medanos Community College
  • Candace Thille, Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University
  • William Velez, Ph.D. University of Arizona
  • Gene Wilhoit Council of State School Officers
  • Rachel Wise Ph.D. Omaha Public Schools

Focus Group Participants

Students, Faculty or Administrators from the Following Organizations:
  • Antioch High School, CA
  • Baltimore County School District, MD
  • Cecil County School District, MD
  • Charlotte Public Schools, MI
  • City of Angels Schools, CA
  • Denver School of Science and Technology, CO
  • Digital Harbor High School, MD
  • Grosse Pointe Public Schools, MI
  • Iowa Department of Education, IA
  • Lansing Public Schools, MI
  • LAUSD Local District 4, CA
  • LAUSD Local District 5, CA
  • LAUSD Local District 8, CA
  • Lowell High School, MI
  • Maple Valley Schools, MI
  • Maryland Virtual School, MD
  • Michigan Virtual School, MI
  • Omaha Public Schools, NE
  • Roosevelt High School, CA
  • Southgate High School, CA
  • University High School, CA
  • Williamston High School, MI

Funding provided by

  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • NROC members


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