P780: Best teaching practices and strategies for success with a diverse student audience in General Chemistry

Author: Barbara L. Brabetz, SUNY Cobleskill, USA

Co-Author: Holly L. Ellram, James Klino II, Joseph T. Sprague and Neil A. Law, State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, USA

Date: 8/6/14

Time: 9:55 AM10:15 AM

Room: MAN 102

Related Symposium: S62

Our student audience at SUNY Cobleskill comes from a varied background with diverse preparation in the sciences and differing levels of interest in chemistry. Students’ majors run the full gamut from pre-med and pre-vet to equine health and fisheries management. In order to maximize student learning and mitigate the fear of chemistry, we have implemented a weekly quizzing and testing model with marked increases in student outcomes and retention. Results show a substantial increase of final exam grades when low-stakes weekly exams replace more traditional high-stakes exams. Concurrently, student satisfaction with the course increased. By evaluating our longitudinal data, we will present our successes and failures as measured over the course of two decades.