PRESENTATION FORMAT: Oral – In-person
DAY & TIME OF PRESENTATION: Tuesday, March 28, 2023 from 8:25 AM – 8:45 AM
ROOM & LOCATION: Room 121 – Indiana Convention Center
As educators, we continuously strive to listen to our students and improve our teaching methodologies. However, insights from our students and our teaching process can often be limited to a single classroom, department, or institution.
Aktiv Chemistry is a next-generation active platform built specifically for first-year and organic chemistry courses. The platform helps instructors easily incorporate active learning into their classrooms and also keeps students engaged outside of class with homework assignments, extra practice, and quizzes that they can access anytime on their smartphones and other personal devices.
As a platform, Aktiv works with chemistry instructors and faculty at over 600 colleges and universities across North America. For the first time since the platform’s inception, we have performed a deep analysis of student performance and pattern data at a scale that has not been achieved before. This analysis has produced insights into how we as educators can improve student engagement, target common misconceptions, and better understand student study habits.
Questions that will be explored in this talk will include:
- What is the ideal assignment length to maximize student engagement?
- What are the true common misconceptions in traditionally difficult topics such as dimensional analysis, nomenclature, and Lewis structures? (and others)
- How do students interact with a homework assignment throughout its window of availability?
- How have student study habits changed before and after the COVID-19 pandemic?
- How do these above trends compare amongst different institution types and course sizes?
The results of this analysis has driven the development of a new Aktiv Chemistry platform feature called Weekly Course Insights. These weekly reports provide instructors with individual insights about their course including at-risk students, common missed learning objectives, and comparison metrics with the community at large. Examples of these reports will be shown in a live demonstration.