P2: Streamlining labs: Serving more with less

Author: Jesse Miller, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA


Date: 8/3/14

Time: 2:25 PM2:45 PM

Room: MAK B1138

Related Symposium: S1

Budget cuts coupled with increased student enrollment have forced Illinois to rethink how we run our general chemistry labs. Fewer teaching assistants, both grad and undergrad, necessitate larger teaching loads on them. A reduction in lab staff presents logistical problems in lab preparation. In order to alleviate some of these problems we have implemented many changes and are considering many others. Among these changes are: electronic pre and post lab quizzes, electronic submission of lab reports, on-line safety lectures and lab lectures, reorganizing our prep rooms, eliminating equipment drawers, and improving our interactive video labs to supplement in-lab instruction. I will discuss in detail how and why we have implemented these changes, what has worked, what has not worked. I will also discuss where we would like to go in the future.