Active Learning in Organic Chemistry

City, State: 
Atlanta, GA
Justin Houseknecht (Wittenberg University), Jennifer Muzyka (Centre College), Cathy Welder (Dartmouth College), Alex Leontyev (Adams State University), Leyte Winfield (Spelman College)
12 Jun 2017 - 15 Jun 2017


A four day cCWCS miniworkshop

Studies over the past decade have shown the use of active learning pedagogies in the classroom result in positive student learning outcomes in science courses.  These improved outcomes include higher test scores and final grades, improved conceptual understanding of content, lower withdrawal rates and improved attitudes toward science.  There are a number of techniques that can be implemented to make the classroom a more active learning environment, including those that can be retrofitted into a traditional lecture or used to completely flip the classroom.

This four-day workshop will give organic chemistry instructors an opportunity to learn more about innovative pedagogical approaches and the technological tools used to teach organic chemistry with a learner-centered approach. Sessions will include hands-on activities in backward design and the development of student learning goals; formative and summative assessments; and different ways to implement active learning, including Just-in-Time Teaching and the use of Peer Instruction along with classroom response systems.  Workshop participants will also have the opportunity to try the various support technologies used to implement these pedagogies, including the iPad apps Doceri and Explain Everything.

Participants will be introduced to an online community ( where they can share course materials such as exams and questions used with clickers or in flipped classrooms.  This online community also serves as a place for sharing educational resources and communicating about topics via discussion forums.

The workshop begins with a reception and evening session on Monday, followed by two and a half days of activities ending with lunch on Thursday.