Professorial Persona Interactive Lecturer

You integrate strategic check-ins during class time that help your students solidify learning!

Tips to Try

  1. Leverage best practices and low-cost tech to optimize formative assessment mid-lecture

  2. Go beyond multiple choice type questions so students learn as they answer questions
  3. Create opportunities for more practice in problem-solving outside of class time
  4. Maximize engagement through chemistry-to-career connections and real world context 

Top Resources for You

Why Chemistry?
Engage students with Real World Context

Following her ACS presentation, Dr. Addie Clark shares the myriad ways she answers her non-chem major students' question: Why do we have to learn this?? Hear how she engages those less-than-enthusiastic students: from real-world applications to an escape room.

Peer Instruction
And Formative Assessment

Watch this WEBINAR RECORDING on implementing formative assessment with peer instruction that ensures students learn from the experience! Chemical education researcher Dr. Marilyne Staines of University of Virginia shares practical strategies in this pithy, powerful video.

INTL JNL of SCI ED:
in-class activities that enable active learning in college

Synthesis of 337 peer-reviewed articles. Authors found 4 categories of in-class activities: (i) individual non-polling activities, (ii) in-class polling, (iii) whole-class discussions or activities, and (iv) in-class group activities. They explain how instructors can implement these for maximum impact.

professor Mallory Mentele
Colorado State University

“I was having a lot of problems with the clicker system." Then Mallory switched to Aktiv Chemistry with modules for drawing Lewis structures, building blocks for dimensional analysis, and scaffolding for creating ICE charts. “With the way [students] are able to interact with the app, they found it fun! They woke up and came alive. They had this fun tool, almost like a game!”

More Practice
Makes Perfect

Does your course include weekly small group problem-solving meetings? It easily can! At the University of the Pacific, instructors create problem sets and former students lead optional study sessions. At Marquette, official discussion sections (recitations), are designed by Dr. Scott Reid, chair of the chemistry department. Read how he optimizes discussion sections.

Bye Bye Clickers and 'old school' Q&A Tech

Hear how chemistry instructors are updating their tech to up engagement and impact. "Using Aktiv Chemistry in-class as a student response system and outside of class for a homework system was a benefit. It had always been one or the other for me, and I was having to patch stuff together," says Mark Blaser, chemistry professor and co-editor of ACS series "Active Learning in General Chemistry."

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Hear Why Faculty Choose Aktiv Chemistry

Professors from over 500 colleges and universities pick Aktiv Chemistry to rev up engagement and improve learning outcomes.