P543: Teaching physical chemistry with Team-Based Learning

Author: John Hagen, California Polytechnic State University, USA


Date: 8/5/14

Time: 2:45 PM3:05 PM

Room: LTT 101

Related Symposium: S21

Team-Based Learning (TBL) is an instructional method that was first developed to teach in business, law, and medical schools, and is now being used in undergraduate education. TBL is a type of flipped class, but has several distinctive elements. Students are assigned to relatively large permanent teams. Each unit of instruction begins with a class devoted to ensuring that students have prepared; they take both an individual and a team readiness assurance test. Most class meetings consist of team application exercises, in which all teams are presented with the same question. The teams work to choose a specific answer to the question, and all teams report their answers simultaneously. Ideally, the application exercises are relevant to the students, and difficult enough that a single student cannot do them. At our institution, physical chemistry had been taught exclusively using a traditional lecture format and is divided into three 10-week courses. In 2012 and 2013, the first course (chemical thermodynamics) and the second course (chemical kinetics) in this sequence were taught using TBL. The focus of this talk will be the on in-class application exercises, but other aspects of a successful TBL implementation will be discussed.