P989: Dual enrollment in sciences: A successful partnership

Author: Riham Mahfouz, Thomas Nelson Community College, USA

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Date: 8/7/14

Time: 10:35 AM10:55 AM

Room: MAK A1111

Related Symposium: S69

Thomas Nelson Community College has maintained a strong partnership with the Governor’s School for Science and Technology (GSST) since 1995. This partnership allows high school students to complete introductory college-level coursework in STEM disciplines including general chemistry and a research methodology course involving a research project under the guidance of a mentor. Students in the program can complete over 50% of the requirements of the Associates degree in Science at Thomas Nelson while still in high school. This talk will discuss the successes that we have had with this program and the actions we have taken to ensure quality instruction and adherence to our accrediting agency’s (SACS-COC) requirements.

P482: Implementing OER in a general chemistry course for science majors

Author: Riham Mahfouz, Thomas Nelson Community College, USA

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Date: 8/5/14

Time: 10:15 AM10:35 AM

Room: LOH 174

Related Symposium: S42

There is a wealth of Open Educational Resources (OER) available online. There is now a trend in higher education to design courses using these Open Educational Resources (OER) in both lecture and laboratory courses. The benefits to students and instructors include eliminating costly textbook and manual expenses as well as the flexibility and diversity of online resources. This talk will cover the guidelines for using OER resources, examples of resources currently available and a discussion of the success the chemistry department at Thomas Nelson Community College has had with their general chemistry course utilizing OER resources both in lab and lecture.