Following up on her recent ACS presentation, Beverly Meinzer shares her journey from lecture-driven to student-centered, explaining the specific ways she has adjusted her approach to engage students. Shifts include recognizing students’ needs for more affordable course materials, positive reinforcement for their efforts, mobile-friendly tech for in-class problem-solving, and empathy for the challenges they face outside the classroom.
Let's unlock the full impact of assessments! This presentation explains how we can go beyond the usual ‘assessment OF learning.’ By creating contextualized applications, we can improve student understanding, and by introducing metacognitive processes, we can develop lifelong learning capabilities.
Join a webinar with chemistry faculty Scott Reid (Marquette University) and Tara Todd (Vanderbilt University) on best practices for recitation/discussion sections.
Dr. Stowe explains the benefit and process of shifting our teaching practices away from considering “incorrect” student answers as indicators of define-able “misconceptions." If we, instead, assume a “wrong answer” represents a momentary coalescence of small bits of knowledge, we can identify these "bits" and focus instruction on supporting useful “bit” activation across contexts. Dr. Stowe translates evidence and research into productive takeaways for teachers of first and second-year chemistry courses.
Sometimes the teaching methods we use to simplify complex chemistry concepts have the unintended consequence of causing confusion in students that only surfaces later on. Dr. Barke’s research has uncovered the most common of these ‘school-based misconceptions’ and he will share adjustments that instructors can make to prevent these issues as well as ways to identify and fix these misconceptions that may be lurking beneath the surface.
Many students' conceptual difficulties in chemistry result from assumptions they hold about the natural world and mental shortcuts they take in their reasoning. Dr. Vicente Talanquer will share an explanatory framework that helps instructors understand and even predict these underlying misconceptions and also address them so students can build a firmer foundation in chemistry.
Optimizing the homework experience improves student learning and gives instructors more time to engage students in discovery, exploration, and deeper conceptual understanding.
Among the large number of courses that students will take as part of their college degree program, chemistry can be one of the most challenging. The right edtech tools even the playing field.