P812: Re-thinking lab delivery

Author: Robin Stoodley, University of British Columbia, Canada

Co-Author: Guillaume Bussiere, Vishakha Monga and Christine Rogers, University of British Columbia, Canada

Date: 8/6/14

Time: 3:40 PM4:00 PM

Room: ASH 2302

Related Symposium: S23

I will discuss UBC Chemistry’s experience with re-organizing the structure of our 3rd year laboratories to allow for experiments integrated across the traditional sub-disciplines of chemistry and to allow additional student capacity without requiring the addition of more course sections or more contact hours. Our approach has students from four disparate degree programs working in the labs simultaneously; they are distinguished only by their course/section combination. Prior to start of term students schedule themselves into available experiments. We allow student choice of experiments within pre-specified minimum and maximum numbers of experiments in the traditional sub-disciplines and in an ‘integrated-experiment’ category. We use custom software to facilitate the student scheduling and to manage attendance and grades. The scheduling software can handle multi-period experiments, prerequisites, exclusions, and restricting experiments so they are only offered to students in particular course sections. Advantages and disadvantages of the system will be presented.