P701: Flexible course design options using POGIL activities

Author: Ashley B. Mahoney, Bethel University, USA

Co-Author: Michael P. Garoutte, Missouri Southern State University, USA

Date: 8/6/14

Time: 9:55 AM10:15 AM

Room: LOH 164

Related Symposium: S41

The GOB course(s) is(are) particularly challenging due to the breadth of the material and the often wide range of student backgrounds and abilities. The authors have published a series of 75 POGIL activities (Wiley, 2014) designed for cooperative group interaction. As with the “flipped classroom” model, instructors can use these activities to engage students with the material while gaining insight into student thinking. Each activity emphasizes a particular process skill, such as communication, management, or teamwork, providing a tangible benefit to students other than chemistry content knowledge. The activities span the sequence of topics across two semesters and can be custom published in any amount or order to meet the needs of diverse courses. Instructors using the activities as infrequently as once a week, or once a unit-or as often as every class period-have demonstrated improved student learning and retention in their classrooms.