Topic: Using smart-phones, tablets, and laptops in a guided inquiry physical chemistry course
During the lunch, Dr. Sean Garrett-Roe from the chemistry department will discuss the design of a guided inquiry physical chemistry class for which he received a dB-SERC mentor-mentee 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, called models, 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).
The purpose of the lunch is to discuss the design of the course and also to provide feedback about implementation and assessment.