You will attend one required weekly class meeting, work in a computer lab called the Math Emporium for an additional three hours each week, and complete one unit of lessons each week. Faculty and tutors are available to provide personalized assistance. The lessons are delivered by specialized software and consist of videos, homework, and quizzes.
The courses were redesigned to increase student learning through the effective use of technology. The content of the courses remains the same. The delivery method changed to a combination of a teacher-directed classroom meeting and a student-directed learning lab that requires more active participation from students than passive lecture-only formats of the past. The best way to learn math is to do math, not listen to someone else talk about how to do math. In the traditional lecture, the entire class moves through the course on the same schedule. Some students are bored and want to move more quickly while others are lost and need more time to master the content.
In the redesigned courses, each student works whenever it best fits his schedule as long as he attends class and meets weekly deadlines for completing homework and quizzes. Math 100 and Math 110 students must also work in the Math Emporium during scheduled hours. Once a student has mastered the content of one lesson, he can immediately start the next. Some students may complete the course and immediately start the next course, not waiting for the next semester. Students take responsibility for their own learning, solve problems for themselves, and retain knowledge more readily.
This redesign model was developed by the National Center for Academic Transformation with the goal of increasing student learning using technology. They have been assisting colleges and universities with course redesigns in several subject areas and conducting research on these redesigns since 1999. A few of the other institutions using similar course redesigns for mathematics are Virginia Tech, University of Alabama, Louisiana State University, and University of Idaho.
The instructor will present new material for the upcoming week, follow-up on weaknesses identified by quizzes and tests, provide tips on how to learn in the emporium environment, and check on students’ progress. Attendance is required.
You must have your Flames Pass with you in order to check in to the Math Emporium. You will not be permitted to enter the Emporium without your pass. There are two card scanners at the front desk. The attendant will let you know if you have successfully swiped in. You must ALWAYS swipe in. The Math Emporium is only available to students enrolled in the residential sections of MATH 100, 110, 115, 121, and 201. Online students may not use the Math Emporium facilities.
To check out, make sure to log out of the computer that you were using. Return to the front desk and swipe out. The attendant will let you know if you have successfully swiped out. You must ALWAYS swipe out. If you must leave to grab a snack, answer a phone call, or use the restroom, you do not have to log off of your computer; however, the Math Emporium staff cannot be held responsible for items left at your computer or any work being completed on your computer.
The Math Emporium Widget displays the time you have remaining for the week out of the three or four hours required for your course. Math 100 and Math 110 students’ required four hours includes the weekly class meeting. To load the widget, log into myLu, click on the add widget button on the upper right, scroll until you see Math Emporium Widget, and click on it.
The Math Emporium is a classroom. While you are in the Emporium, you are expected to work on your math assignments. After swiping in, you will sit in an area designated for your course and sign onto a computer. Each week, you will be given a set of assignments to complete. These consist of videos, homework, and a quiz. Every 4 to 5 weeks, you will be tested over the material covered in the previous weeks. In addition to the normal assignments, you will also need to complete either a Practice Test or Test Review and earn the minimum score listed on your syllabus. It is important that you use your time wisely while in the Math Emporium.
All assignments are delivered by specialized software called MyLabsPlus. The web address is www.liberty.mylabsplus.com. Each lesson has a short video with concepts and examples followed by homework exercises for practice. The software provides immediate feedback and tutorial help. The homework may be attempted an unlimited number of times until mastery has been achieved. Instructors and tutors give immediate, personalized instruction as needed. Except for tests and the final exam, assignments may be worked from any computer at any time the internet is available.
All tests and final exams must be taken in the Math Emporium. See Testing Policies in the syllabus for more information. Students with documented disabilities should contact their instructor about appropriate accommodations for testing.
You will not be assigned to a specific computer; however, you must sit in a designated area. Each row will be labeled with a course number. By sitting in this row, it will be easier for tutors to help you with your questions. MATH 100 and 110 classes are assigned to a specific row for scheduled emporium time. During peak hours, the Math Emporium can become crowded. There are certain times that computers may not be available. It is important that you do not wait until the last minute to finish assignments or obtain your required hours. The number of available computers can be seen on the Math Emporium Widget.
Math Emporium computers can only be used for your assigned math course work. Printing, checking your email, writing a paper, shopping, and surfing the web are not allowed. Sites such as Pandora and GrooveShark have been approved for listening to music.
Food is strictly prohibited in the Emporium. Food crumbs can attract insects and mice. These pests, especially mice, can cause damage to computer cables and other equipment in the Math Emporium. In addition, the noise of food wrappers can be distracting to others who are concentrating on their work. You will be asked to throw away any food that is found. Drinks with caps/lids are allowed. We do ask that caps and lids remain on when not being used to avoid unnecessary spills.
Unlike homework and test reviews, quizzes and practice tests are used to gauge your understanding of the material that you should already have learned while doing homework. It is important that you work these problems independently before taking your test. This helps to catch any problems that you may not fully understand. Each quiz can be taken up to three times to allow you to learn from your mistakes and improve your grade. The practice test can be taken an unlimited number of times and we encourage you to take it more than once.
Before seeking out additional tutoring, be certain you are using all the resources available to you. Attend class, read the text, watch the videos, take notes, use the tutorial helps in the homework, put your cup on top of your monitor to request help from a tutor, and review each quiz before taking it again. If you are doing all these things and still are having difficulty, contact your professor immediately for additional help. Some students may benefit from one-on-one tutoring sessions. Talk with your instructor or the Coordinator of the Math Emporium to schedule weekly tutoring.
As with any college level course, you are now expected to manage your time wisely and will be held responsible for your work or lack thereof. If you fall behind due to an illness or emergency, please contact your instructor as soon as possible. You may need to work extra hours on math until you catch up. By working in the Math Emporium, you will have tutors and faculty available to provide expert assistance.
A student with a documented disability may contact the Office of Disability Academic Support (ODAS) in Green Hall 2668 to arrange for academic accommodations. ODAS will notify your professor of the appropriate accommodations, which may be extended time on tests or a quiet environment.
The Math Emporium maintains a “lost and found.” Items such as phones, calculators, and keys will be kept at the front desk. If you believe you have left an item at the Emporium you may come in during our scheduled hours or call us at (434)-592-5956 and inquire about the item. All items left after the last day of classes will be thrown away or donated to charity.