MATH 1111 COLLEGE ALGEBRA IN THE NEWS
The Georgia College Department of Mathematics is now offering a
redesigned Math 1111 College Algebra course using the Emporium Model.
The goal of this course is to offer a fundamental understanding of algebraic
concepts which form an important component of an undergraduate education and to
enhance the algebraic skills and knowledge necessary for
upper-level mathematics courses and for courses in many other disciplines. The
underlying principle of the Emporium Model is very simple:
“Students learn math by doing math not by listening to
someone talk about doing math.”
This model for redesigned courses has been implemented successfully
by many institutions including Virginia Tech, University of Alabama, University
of Idaho, UNC at Chapel Hill and Greensboro, Georgia State University, University of
Mississippi, Wayne State University, University of Arkansas, University of Nebraska,
Oklahoma State University, University of Central Florida, Auburn University, and
Southeastern Louisiana University.
The key elements of the success of this model are:
- Interactive computer
- Personalized on-demand
- Mandatory student participation
Why is the Emporium Model so successful?
- Students spend more time doing math problems rather
than simply listening
to someone talk about
- Students spend more time on
things they don’t understand and less time on
things they have
encounter problems doing math.
- Students receive immediate and
personalized assistance when they
At Georgia College, students in Math 1111 College Algebra spend
one hour a week at a fixed time with their professor and then a minimum of three
flexible hours a week in the Math Emporium lab which is staffed with professors
and undergraduate learning assistants (ULA’s).
- Students are required to do math.
During the meeting at the fixed time, professors
guide the students through their
concepts, work examples, and point out common student misconceptions. In the Math Emporium lab, professors
immediate and personalized
help with math concepts 44 hours per week. In addition, we offer
one-one/small group tutoring in one of the small rooms located
at the back of the lab.
All course materials are created using the web-based software
MyMathLab, which comes bundled with the e-textbook. Students navigate through the
chapters which include the textbook content, lectures and example videos,
animations and tutorial exercises, homework and quizzes. The Help Me Solve
This and View an Example buttons guide students through their homework
exercises offering instant feedback. The homework has an unlimited number of
attempts and the quizzes have up to three attempts before the due date, and they
can be accessed from home as well. The password-protected tests are only taken
in the lab under the professor’s supervision.
This course redesign is not about putting the course
online. It is about creating a new
pedagogy in the light of the possibilities that technology offers with
strong considerations being given to the individual needs of students.
For more information, contact:
Marcela Chiorescu, Ph.D.MATH 1111/1113 Coordinatormarcela.firstname.lastname@example.org