P99: Combining POGIL and Peer Instruction to enhance learning
Peer Instructors (PIs) and POGIL implementation have both been shown to improve retention in chemistry and other science courses. POGIL activities have been the primary means of instruction in my general chemistry courses for 16 years. In the past two years, PIs were incorporated to assist during class times as well as conducting their own evening, hour-long PI sessions. The PIs were chosen based on their successful performance in science courses and were junior and senior chemistry majors. Each PI received upper-level course credit for their work. The PIs also received weekly instruction and were provided structured tasks to complete during their PI sessions. Participation in the evening PI sessions by the general chemistry students was voluntary, but appropriate incentives were provided to encourage their attendance at the weekly sessions. Participation was high and overall student performance and retention in the course was improved.