P440: Comparison of face-to-face and online PLTL in general chemistry

Author: Lin Zhu, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis, USA

Co-Author: Pratibha Varma-Nelson, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis, USA

Date: 8/5/14

Time: 11:50 AM12:10 PM

Room: ASH 2302

Related Symposium: S23

Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) is a well-established, student-centered pedagogical practice. This model has been transferred to an online environment in the first-semester general chemistry course at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) to establish the cyber-PLTL (cPLTL) program. Findings from interviews with ten peer leaders and two faculty members, as well as discourse analysis revealed more similarities than differences in the two conditions. Quantitative results show that students in the face-to-face PLTL condition were more satisfied with their workshop, earned slightly, but not significantly, higher course grades and standardized final exam scores compared to students in the online setting. The findings reveal interesting differences in student experiences in the two environments and provide direction for improving the cPLTL program.