P481: JumpStart C101: Helping introductory chemistry students hit the ground running

Author: Keith S. Anliker, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA


Date: 8/5/14

Time: 9:55 AM10:15 AM

Room: LOH 174

Related Symposium: S42

JumpStart C101 is offered at the start of the fall, spring and summer terms. This 4-hour (optional) program is an opportunity for students to work on some prerequisite skills with the goal of increasing their chances for success in Chemistry C101. JumpStart provides a review of basic math skills and general problem-solving strategies. We also look in some depth at motivation for learning, course expectations, study strategies and test-taking strategies-the non-content related skills that are necessary for success in a course like Chemistry C101. This program was first offered as a pilot in 2011. Each subsequent offering has been a revised version of the original, incorporating new ideas and approaches to engaging the participants in the program activities. More that 50 students participated in JumpStart in 2013. This session will look at the conditions that led me to offer this program and what we do in the program to help students get off to a good start.

P301: Food, culture and chemistry in a freshman themed learning community

Author: Keith S. Anliker, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA

Co-Author: Corinne Ulbright, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA

Date: 8/4/14

Time: 3:40 PM4:00 PM

Room: MAN 102

Related Symposium: S22

A Themed Learning Community (TLC) is one form of “freshman seminar” that is used at IUPUI to help incoming students transition to college life and to begin developing certain basic skills-library skills, presentation skills, study skills and interpersonal skills consistent with IUPUI’s Principles of Undergraduate Learning. The TLC format is also designed to help students connect with other students that have similar interests, and to develop good relationships with faculty in their first semester courses. In addition to the authors, the instructional team includes an English faculty member, a science librarian, an academic advisor and a student mentor. We have found that providing food for students in the TLC is a great way to build community, and to connect current chemistry course content (and some related biology) to both food and culture. Most weeks during the term there is a food theme with activities and/or discussion built around the theme of “Food, Culture and Chemistry.” Some insights into this approach will be shared, as well as examples of the foods we focus on and how we make these chemistry and cultural connections with students during the hour and 45 minutes that we spend with them each week in the freshman seminar setting.