P714: Dealing with scalability through collaborative research in the teaching laboratory

Author: Robert E. Bachman, The University of the South, USA


Date: 8/6/14

Time: 12:10 PM12:30 PM

Room: LMH 114

Related Symposium: S51

While numerous studies have shown the strong, positive pedagogic value of undergraduate research, limits on laboratory space, faculty time and other resources often place constraints on the ability to provide this experience to a large number of students. In order to solve this problem, I have been developing a collaborative research model for the laboratory component of my Inorganic Chemistry course, which is taken by all Chemistry majors. In this approach, students work collaboratively on open ended projects based in original research. This collaborative approach, which includes splitting of tasks pooling of data and authentic writing and presentation experiences, mimics a research laboratory environment and allows for authentic reproducibility and authentication of data. In this presentation, I will outline the approaches I have taken in the last several years and discuss the benefits, challenges and pitfalls of these approaches.