The Math Emporium Concept
Why it works:
In Emporium-styled course sections, students spend their time doing math rather than watching someone else do math. Students are able to spend most of their time learning content that they do not understand and little time working in content areas they have already mastered. Students learn to manage their own learning. When students have explored all of the available learning resources and are still struggling to understand, an instructor or assistant will provide help at the exact moment it is needed. The Emporium model serves as a bridge between traditional, instructor-led learning environments and the kind of independent learning that is required of students in advanced and web-based academic learning environments and in the workplace.
Registering for your DMA course:
- IMPORTANT: You must attend the first class meeting or you will be automatically dropped from the course section.
What to expect:
DMA Emporium classes are scheduled to meet in a computer classroom. When you arrive to class, you will be given information about where to sit and about how to get started. CPCC Emporium-styled courses are facilitated through Pearson's MyMathLab courseware. On the first day of class, you will receive help creating a Pearson account and registering for your MyMathLab course. It is a good idea to purchase a MyMathLab Access code before the first day of class. However, temporary access is available if needed. Many students also select to purchase the DMA course workbook as well. Other items to bring include a notebook and a calculator (for DMA 030-080 only).
Also on the first day of class, you will take a pretest which will identify what you already know and what you need to learn. Learning in a DMA Emporium course will be an active process. You will be directed to specific learning activities and assignments in the courseware. You will also have the option to select among the many learning resources available to help you master the DMA content. You decide which resources are most helpful for you, how much time to spend using these resources, and when you are ready to demonstrate your understanding. If you are struggling, you should seek out help through the many extended learning opportunities that exist including the Mathematics Division's S.O.S. Math program, the Academic Learning Center, and TRiO Student Support Services.
A final grade of 80% or better is required to pass any DMA course. The final grade is composed of 10% homework assignments, 10% proctored assessments, and 80% the final exam. Students who earn a grade of P (Pass) have successfully completed the DMA course. Students earning a grade of R (Repeat) or who are withdrawn from the course will need to register for the course again in a subsequent session.