P439: Connect-based structured learning workshops: Does SLW participation improve exam performance?
Seven years ago we introduced 50-minute graduate teaching assistant proctored Structured Learning Workshops (SLWs) into our general chemistry program. Assignments are delivered using the McGraw-Hill Connect product in a departmental computer laboratory to classes of 16 or fewer students. This system has been documented to lead to 10-15 percentage point increases in student pass rates (C or better), reductions in student withdrawal rates and high levels of student satisfaction. A unique opportunity presented itself last fall when the College of Engineering was allowed to opt its majors out of the SLWs. For the first time an internal control was available to study the impact of the SLWs on student performance on exams. This presentation will discuss the results of a statistical comparison of the performance of these engineering students in relation to the rest of class, both in terms of performance on individual classroom evaluation tools (exams, homework, etc.) and in terms of overall outcomes.