New Math Technology Lab Provides Free, One-on-One Assistance
Posted on September 28, 2021 by Amber Day
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of South Alabama recently opened a new Math Technology Lab where students of any major enrolled in mathematics and statistics courses can receive individualized support and access nearly 220 computers. The lab follows a math emporium instructional model for teaching.
“Students in developmental studies and freshman level mathematics and statistics courses can go to the Math Technology Lab for free, one-on-one assistance,” said Dr. Madhuri Mulekar, chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. “Virtual services have been provided during the pandemic and will be available as well when needed. Students have access to instructional software and receive on-demand personal assistance. At South, we are using Pearson’s MyMathLab software."
The Math Technology Lab is located in the Academic Success Center and open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
“This new space is great news not only for the students in our college, but also for all students at our University,” said Dr. Andrzej Wierzbicki, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “The Math Technology Lab implements modern and highly effective methods of delivering instruction in mathematics and statistics. This project has been for many years in the planning and designing stages, but now it is ready. Dr. Mulekar tirelessly advocated for the creation of this lab and participated at every step of its design.”
Nelita Pereira de Andrade serves as lab manager as well as an instructor. Offices of four additional mathematics instructors and two graduate students have moved to the new location to provide additional in-person support. Senior undergraduate students also provide assistance, and department instructors use the lab for administering quizzes and tests.
“The Math Lab is a good space where I can go over things that I didn’t quite understand in my math class,” said Caleb Lopansri, a freshman biomedical sciences major. “My math class goes through a lot of information in 50 minutes, so the Math Lab reintroduces that information to me but in different ways that I can better understand. The lab is very supportive, and there are smart people to tutor you. They really help raise your confidence in your mathematical ability.”
This project received funding from Academic Affairs, the College of Arts and Sciences and Department of Mathematics and Statistics.