P128: Comparison of organic chemistry peer-led team learning in online and face-to-face environments: A pilot study

Author: Sarah Beth Wilson, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA

Co-Author: Pratibha Varma-Nelson, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA

Date: 8/4/14

Time: 11:10 AM11:30 AM

Room: HON 148

Related Symposium: S4

The cPLTL workshops are a synchronous online adaptation of the educational intervention peer-led team learning (PLTL), in which students, under the guidance of undergraduate peer facilitators, work collaboratively in small groups to develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills. In this study, organic chemistry students from both online and face-to-face PLTL workshops will be interviewed to characterize their use of symbolic representations. Likewise, peer leader behavior and peer leader-student discourse in the cyber and face-to-face environments will be systematically examined to explore the differences in leadership style of the peer leaders in the two learning settings. Lastly, measures of student performance from both settings will be statistically compared. The pilot study’s design and preliminary results of qualitative and quantitative analyses will be discussed in this presentation, in addition to implications for faculty.