New Math Lab Opens In Library
A new math learning lab expansion has opened to the second floor of the Kathryn A. Martin Library.
The expansion converts former staff workrooms into classrooms and study space, adding 1,000 square feet to the existing 2,380 square feet of space.
The Securian Math Learning Lab was made possible by a $750,000 donation from Securian Financial Group in honor of their recently retired CEO and UMD alumni Bob Senkler. The expansion will increase capacity from 60 to 120 students.
“The place is essentially an expansion of the Learning Commons,” Library Director Matthew Rosendahl said. “There are math classes, other times it’s open for students to get assistance from faculty and teacher assistants.”
The donation, according to Rosendahl, covered the entire cost of the expansion.
The new lab will place a focus on active learning. Laura Zimmermann, a math instructor in mathematics and statistics, describes the approach the new lab offers as more beneficial to student success.
“Using this format provides more instructional options,” Zimmermann said, describing the individualistic approach to teaching.
In the old lab students just sat at a computer station, according to Rosendahl. With the new approach, Rosendahl said students will have a more interactive experience.
“Math isn’t about sitting at a computer, but working through problems together,” Rosendahl said.
“We try to meet students where they’re at, instead of as a group saying ‘we’re doing this now,’” Zimmermann said.
The offices of the Writing Workshop and the Supportive Services Program that formerly occupied the space have been moved to a hallway on the northwest side of the lab.
In addition to the new lab, the Learning Commons will be retitled as the Securion Learning Commons in appreciation of the donation.