P295: Year one of a flipped organic chemistry course


Author: Aaron Moehlig, Adams State University, USA


Date: 8/4/14

Time: 4:20 PM4:40 PM

Room: LTT 101

Related Symposium: S21

In an attempt to provide students with a more complete understanding of organic chemistry a flipped pedagogy was implemented in a small daily lecture course over the past year. During the first semester of the course, students were required to produce notes, outside of class, from their textbook (David Klein’s Organic Chemistry, first edition), complete instructor designed problem sets during class, and respond to online surveys covering the material discussed in each chapter of the textbook. The online surveys provided the instructor with feedback concerning what students were struggling to understand and allowed for a lecture to be designed to specifically focus on these areas. During the second semester of the course much of the same course framework was employed, with a few minor changes. Specifically, students were no longer required to turn in their notes from the textbook and the online surveys took on a more complex form intended to give students practice writing about organic chemistry principles and concepts in a manner that would be too time intensive to be used as examination questions. Examples of problem sets, surveys, and a discussion of how students responded to and performed in this course will be discussed.