A grand opening celebration is scheduled for the University of New Mexico's newest learning innovation – the Math Learning Lab, or "MaLL." The ribbon-cutting event is set for Friday, Jan. 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Centennial Science and Engineering Library (CSEL). The MaLL is located on Lower Level 1.

At 1 p.m., a public viewing of the newly renovated facility begins. As part of the event attendees will be able to sample the software being used for course curriculum. At 2 p.m., various dignitaries will speak at the event. The event is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

For directions from Central Ave. & Yale, NE visit: Centennial Science and Engineering Library.

"The MaLL allows more student success in the first math course, providing a rehearsal in critical math skills," said Frank, who was on board with this project from the time he started his presidency at UNM after a similar implementation at Kent State, his former institution. "We know this approach is effective and can move more students toward graduation."

The grand opening comes on the heels of a pilot project last fall in which 200 students participated. Jenny Ross, MaLL coordinator, was pleased with the results of the pilot and expressed confidence that this new format would provide students with a more successful experience in future math courses.

The MaLL is equipped with 125 computers for instructional purposes and features a testing lab with 15 additional computers. Classroom lectures will be replaced by time on task in an online learning system called "ALEKS."

Initially, each student takes an online assessment of skills. After assessment students are given a specific course of individual study designed to fill in the knowledge gaps and move students through the three modules that comprise the course.

Instructors are available to spend one-on-one time with students during class time and open lab time, helping students working in the MaLL with difficult parts of the curriculum when needed. Instructors will also monitor students' progress online, and will communicate with them via email to keep them on task and on time. When the MaLL computers are not in use by math students, they will be available for general usage.

"It's amazing how quickly this has come together," said Mark Peceny, dean, College of Arts & Sciences. "We owe a great deal of thanks to the Office of the Provost for their overarching support of the initiative, the Math 120 working group, Planning & Campus Development, Office of Capital Projects, the Office of the University Architect, the faculty and staff in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and especially all the folks from the University Libraries for making this facility possible."

University Libraries is partnering with the College of Arts and Sciences in hosting this new facility which supports math students' learning and success.

For more information, visit: MaLL.