P689: Before, during and after class activities in introductory chemistry: Activities and exemplar
As a result of funding from the National Science Foundation CCLI-EMD (TUES) we have been adding to an existing collection of inquiry-oriented activities that can be used in a large lecture environment (although the activities are not limited to the large lecture environment). The activities are based on a Learning Cycle approach and engage students Before Class, During Class and After Class. The Before Class activities are web-based and are used to either generate data that is used During Class to invent concepts, or as a means of determining student prior knowledge of the topic to be discussed. During Class students work in small groups using a written activity or under the instructor’s direction to invent a concept. After class another web-based activity allows students to demonstrate their understanding of the invented concept. The second paper will dwell on a specific example of how we are using computer simulations and Before Class, During Class and After Class activities to develop a concept with students in a large lecture environment.