P827: Perspectives from an organic chemist instructor

Author: Elke Schoffers, Western Michigan University, USA

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Date: 8/6/14

Time: 3:40 PM4:00 PM

Room: MAK A1111

Related Symposium: S52

This presentation will focus on strategies that were developed over the last 15 years while teaching organic chemistry at the graduate and undergraduate level at Western Michigan University. Most students find organic chemistry too challenging and believe that it predominantly requires rote memorization. How can instructors guide chemistry students at a time when excessive information is at the tip of everyone’s fingers due to the widespread availability of modern gadgets? General comments about how to balance teaching, research and service components during the probationary period will also be included.