P149: Three step incremental implementation of a new curriculum in large enrollment undergraduate organic laboratories
In Fall 2012, we implemented a new curriculum for an undergraduate organic chemistry laboratory course. In the first step, in Spring 2012 we obtained feedback from the widest possible spectrum of student abilities by including only one of four new experiments in each of the four sections of the course while retaining most of the existing curriculum. This minimized the exposure to new experiments for any one section. When no major issues were revealed, while retaining approximately half of the existing curriculum, we included all four new experiments in the next summer session during which only a single section was offered. This step allowed us to see how all of the new experiments would work at the same time, but during a time when only one section was offered. Successful implementation of these steps led us to incorporate the entire curriculum change in all sections being offered starting Fall of 2012.