Westcott CoursesPublisher of Omega MathTM Courses
About Westcott Courses and Omega Math
What we do & who we are
Westcott Courses accommodates the online education needs of K12 schools, home schools, colleges, universities, and individuals in the general public. We specialize in math courses, but also offer a wide variety of general education courses, such as English, psychology, chemistry, and several biological science courses.
Each course is designed by a teacher from a California Community college or State University who holds at least a master's degree in their field of study (or related). Most of our teachers teach the exact same course at either a state University or community college campus. We work closely with University of Massachusetts Global (UMass Global), which is accredited by WASC, to create online curriculum that meets or exceeds college requirements for remedial and transferable courses.
In addition to producing our Omega MathTM mathematics curriculum, we also provide a convenient all-in-one package of learning management system, college administrator backend, and course content that is very easy for teachers and students to use. Our Omega MathTM software engineering team also digitally develops math courses and online learning management functionality for college and university programs such as Early Start for the Cal State system.
The history of the Omega MathTM Courses
When Nancy Davis first started teaching in the late 1980's, she became interested in how students learned math. Students always told her the lessons seemed easy when she was explaining the topics in class, but when they got home they forgot what she said and the light bulb turned off! Many topics in math are too deep for students to fully understand the first time around; they need to have material demonstrated several times. Curriculum time constraints make this impossible in the classroom, so Ms. Davis began writing booklets to send home with the students.
Ms. Davis sent the lessons home with the students, and asked them to go over the lessons and let her know where they got lost. The places where the students got lost needed better explanations and/or more examples. Ms. Davis would realize a more efficient way to present the concepts and would add more examples at those points. The booklets would then be sent home again with the next semester's students. This continued until there were no more questions and students reported they understood the entire section.
Every booklet included many examples with clearly written explanations to goes along with each type of problem. The lessons started out with the easiest example and then moved to the more advanced problems. At each topic level, there were problems for the students to work out. After the students worked out a problem on their own, the concept was cemented into long term memory.
These booklets were used for the basis of the first online math courses in 1996. Even though there are thousands of students using the online curriculum, Westcott Courses gets very few questions today. Many adults and youths have benefited from the online courses, and have been able to advance in school and move toward their goals.
About the Founder of Omega Math and Westcott Courses
Nancy Davis started out at a Community College where she earned an Associates of Science in Mathematics and Science. She received her Bachelors degree in Mathematics, and then continued on to earn her graduate degree in Pure Mathematics, and another in Teaching Mathematics.
Ms. Davis has been an instructor of Mathematics and Computer Science since 1989. She has taught at Community Colleges as well as at the University level at California Polytechnic State University. Her range of Math instruction is Basic Math, all levels of Algebra, Calculus, Finite Mathematics and Computer Science. Each year, Ms. Davis has excellent evaluations from students and faculty alike. Students often comment on how delighted they are with her unique teaching methods, and claim they understand math for the first time in their lives. Many students suggested that she write a textbook, so these comments prompted Ms. Davis to start writing the booklets for her students. In 1996, California Polytechnic asked her to write an online math course, and that lead to other colleges asking for other courses. To date, Ms. Davis has written ten mathematics courses.
Ms. Davis retired early from California Polytechnic State University and is the director of Westcott Courses and Omega Math.