As the Gardner Institute concluded, “The findings strongly suggest that course redesign is essential.” But what does that look like? In a Chemical and Engineering article, “Weeding out inequity in undergraduate chemistry classes,” MSU Chemistry professor Melanie Cooper says “The problem with traditional intro courses is that they’re a mile wide and an inch deep, so they teach way, way too much.”
So what are instructors to do as, in the words of Gardner, they face “a steadily diversifying, twenty-first-century student body”? As Cooper says, the traditional model is deeply flawed. Educational technology is an answer.