Math Emporium

The Math Emporium classroom is not a general use computer lab or "Student Technology Center." Only students enrolled in developmental math emporium courses should use the computers in the Math Emporium.

The Central Piedmont Math Emporium program is both an instructional concept and a physical space. Students in Emporium-styled classes learn by utilizing a host of student-directed learning resources, including an e-textbook, instructional videos, PowerPoint presentations, animations, guided solution tools, and unlimited practice problems. The course instructor and instructional assistants are present to provide one-on-one support as needed. The program also provides opportunities for extended support through supplemental instruction, one-on-one support, and "soft-skills" instruction.

The Math Emporium classroom is a 264-station computer lab where all developmental math Emporium-styled course sections are held, and is located in Room 2106 of the Zeiss Building on Central Campus. The Math Emporium Information Center staff is available to provide a wealth of information about developmental math courses, extended learning opportunities, and college-wide resources. The Math Emporium Information Center is also the location of The Math Emporium print services.

Why the Central Piedmont Math Emporium 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.

What to Expect in the Central Piedmont Math Emporium

Developmental Math 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. 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 choose to also purchase the developmental math course workbook. 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 developmental math 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 developmental math 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.

The Math Emporium Classroom

All developmental math emporium course sections are scheduled to meet in computer classrooms. 

Classroom Guidelines for Students (All Campuses)

The Math Emporium classroom is not a general use computer lab or "Student Technology Center." Only students enrolled in developmental math emporium courses should use the computers in the Math Emporium. Others will be asked to relocate. Students who attend class in The Math Emporium are expected to adhere to the following student guidelines:

  • no food and drinks in Math Emporium classrooms, no exceptions
  • cell phones should be on silent and put away at all times
  • all other college policies and procedures for students should also be followed
  • all printed materials in the Math Emporium should be collected from the Information Desk counter

Math Emporium Hours of Operation

Day Hours
Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.–8 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday Closed