dB-SERC lunch discussion 3/30/2016 - Course transformation involving smart-phones, tablets, and laptops in a guided inquiry course
Discussion leader: Dr. Sean Garrett-Roe, chemistry
When: Wednesday, March 30 from 12 - 1 pm
Where: 321 Allen Hall

During the lunch, Dr. Sean Garrett-Roe from the chemistry department will discuss the implementation of a guided inquiry physical chemistry class for which he received a dB-SERC course transformation award. Guided inquiry teaching places students at the focus of the learning process. Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) is based on a learning cycle of exploration, concept invention, and application. Students work in groups to explore rich data displays and are guided by a series of questions to construct their own understanding. With a solid mental framework for the concept in place, subsequent tasks regularize the concept with standard terminology, as well as apply, extend, and refine the ideas. Typical POGIL materials are worksheets, and paper has proved to be effective for many situations. A problem in the physical chemistry classroom, however, is that many topics are dynamic. Static representations on the page force students to imagine how pictures evolve with time. The goal of this course transformation award is to refine and assess POGIL materials that introduce dynamics using interactive simulations that run on student's mobile computers (smart phone, tablets, and laptops).
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