P700: G(OB) chemistry using POGIL activities in a large SCALE-UP classroom

Author: Julie K. Abrahamson, University of North Dakota, USA

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Date: 8/6/14

Time: 9:35 AM9:55 AM

Room: LOH 164

Related Symposium: S41

After several years of using POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) activities in a large lecture hall for the Introductory course (G) of a GOB sequence, the course was offered in a new 180 seat SCALE-UP (Student Centered Active Learning Environment for Undergraduate Programs) classroom. Students were assigned to teams of three, seated at round tables of nine, working on daily activities, with minimal “lecture” time. Paper recorder reports were replaced by electronic daily team reports submitted using the team laptop. Preparation outside of class time was encouraged by daily individual and team quizzes at the start of class, taken from questions on the online homework (Mastering Chemistry) assignments. Daily Peer Evaluations were gathered to ensure accountability of individuals in a team. Teams were arbitrarily assigned at the beginning of the term, yet most chose and were allowed to stay together. The notable improvement in retention of lower performing students was aided by the percentage of the grade earned by regular attendance and team participation. Student responses to the new mode of instruction showed resistance as expected, but definite benefits of social dynamics were evident with time. Feedback at the end of the term showed the development of varied favorite aspects. Comparison of outcomes on a Chemical Concepts pre- and post-test for the new format with the lecture hall class will be discussed.

P102: Teamwork in Introductory Chemistry using POGIL activities in a large SCALE-UP classroom

Author: Julie K. Abrahamson, University of North Dakota, USA

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Date: 8/3/14

Time: 4:20 PM4:40 PM

Room: MAN 122

Related Symposium: S15

After several years of using POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) activities in a large lecture hall for the Introductory course (G) of a GOB sequence, the course was offered in a new 180 seat SCALE-UP (Student Centered Active Learning Environment for Undergraduate Programs) classroom. Students were assigned to teams of three, seated at round tables of nine, working on daily activities, with minimal “lecture” time. Paper recorder reports were replaced by electronic daily team reports submitted using the team laptop. Preparation outside of class time was encouraged by daily individual and team quizzes at the start of class, taken from questions on the online homework (MasteringChemistry) assignments. Daily Peer Evaluations were gathered to ensure accountability of individuals in each team. Teams were arbitrarily assigned at the beginning of the term, yet most chose and were allowed to stay together. Work in teams requires communication, cooperation in problem solving, interdependence and accountability. Direct and indirect assessment of teamwork, plus the impact on students continuing in the following course will be described.