P784: CHM 101 at Arizona State University: Past, present, and future

Author: Pamela Marks, Arizona State University, USA

Co-Author: Ron D. Briggs, Richard Bauer, James Birk and Allan Scruggs, Arizona State University, USA

Date: 8/6/14

Time: 11:30 AM11:50 AM

Room: MAN 102

Related Symposium: S62

The one-semester introductory chemistry course offered at Arizona State University enrolls allied health majors, liberal arts students, and students preparing to take the general chemistry sequence. As a result of the diversity of students enrolled in the course, we ensure that the course is rigorous enough for nursing and other allied health majors, but also includes desired objectives for non-science majors. Many innovations to this course have been made over the previous 20 years to address these issues and provide students with a learning environment that best addresses how introductory students learn. These changes have included interactive collaborative learning in lecture, recitation and lab, the use of a more conceptually-focused textbook and homework system, and an emphasis on molecular-level visualization. While many of these reforms occurred early on, technology, new learning space, and a better understanding of our student population have helped to further implement these changes. The presentation will provide some history to these efforts and plans for the future, but will focus on how we currently teach this course in both in-person lecture and hybrid formats.