P942: General chemistry course redesign projects at the University of New Mexico
The general chemistry courses, CHEM 121 &122, are key gateway courses for STEM majors and are required by over 20 different degree programs at UNM. They are also frequently on the UNM ‘killer course’ list, with between 20 and 50% of students not succeeding and hence unable to progress in their STEM fields. We started the redesign effort with the support of UNM STEM Gateway Program in 2012 for CHEM 122 to improve student understanding of and engagement with course material, by developing resources to support active learning. The preliminary assessments from the test and control groups indicated significant conceptual learning gains in the fall semester of 2012. We therefore extended our efforts to CHEM 121 in 2013. This presentation describes the strategies of our reformed projects, assessment data from both redesigned courses, and faculty experiences in making the transition from teacher-centered to student-centered classrooms.