P529: Enhancing success in General Chemistry with problem-solving workshops

Author: Sandra Russo-Rodriguez, Brown University, USA


Date: 8/5/14

Time: 2:45 PM3:05 PM

Room: MAN 122

Related Symposium: S15

Chem0330T is a tutorial that offers a second opportunity to students who struggle with the gateway General Chemistry course Equilibrium, Rate and Structure at Brown University. The tutorial was first created in 1977 to address the diversity of preparation of students and it has the overarching goal of increasing the retention of students in the Sciences at Brown. Improvements made to the tutorial since 2005-2006 are described. The tutorial program has had no lectures since its inception. The introduction of mandatory problem-solving workshops that use problem-based and process-oriented guided inquiry activities have improved the success of students. The weekly problem-based workshops introduced in 2006 improved student performance. The student performance was enhanced by adopting guided-inquiry activities in 2008. The student-centered learning environment of the problem-solving workshops have helped students from highly diverse backgrounds form learning communities and have improved success of students in the period 2006-2014.

P363: Problem sessions promote learning communities in introductory chemistry

Author: Sandra Russo-Rodriguez, Brown University, USA


Date: 8/4/14

Time: 6:00 PM7:15 PM

Room: KC

Related Symposium: S33

The development and introduction of faculty-facilitated problem solving sections to an introductory chemistry lecture class after the course increased enrollment from 90 students to 200 students are described. The challenges and benefits of promoting active learning by introducing 75-minute weekly problem sessions facilitated by faculty to a large-lecture Introductory chemistry class are discussed.