ERIC Number: ED201371
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
What We've Learned in Nine Years of Running a Learning Center.
Baley, John D.
The Mathematics Learning Center described in this report operates at Cerritos College (California) offering courses and individualized help in Basic Math, Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, and Trigonometry. The paper first discusses the center's enrollment, hours of service, and semi-independent delivery system, under which students independently, with tutorial aid, learn course content from texts or audio-tutorial materials and are tested at least once a week. The paper then examines the center's financial base, which is realized through the cost savings achieved by increasing the size of course sections and concomitantly decreasing the number of mathematics faculty and hiring paraprofessional personnel. After describing the center's staff organization and the tutorial and clerical duties of paraprofessional student aides, the paper details the record-keeping procedures used to document student test results and provides a sample student record sheet. Discussions follow of student attitudes toward the texts and audio-tutorial materials provided by the center and of the testing procedures used to monitor student progress. Finally, the paper outlines 15 tips for managing a learning center, including: don't give credit for attendance, don't overstaff, minimize student lines, insure that students understand standards and policies, and keep a special incident file. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cerritos College CA; Mathematics Laboratories
Note: Paper presented at the Conference on Remedial and Developmental Mathematics in College: Issues and Innovations (New York, NY, April 9-ll, 1981).