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Thursday, August 7 • 9:30am - 12:30pm
W24: Developing a Thematic Approach to Teaching Organic Chemistry Courses

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We all want our students to develop and use a broadly applicable base of organic chemistry knowledge, and we all know it's not easy to do. As an expert in organic chemistry your knowledge is broadly based and can be used reliably and flexibly to rationalize plausible answers to novel problems. How can we transfer these abilities to others? The group work in this workshop will be focused on helping you to explore your problem solving process and turn it into a process you can verbalize, teach to others and use to design effective assessment. My approach is to: 1) identify widely applicable concepts or themes within organic chemistry 2.) map them to content across the course(s) 3.) turn these concepts into recurrent themes within your course(s) 4.) hold students accountable to properly and flexibly apply these concepts on assessments


Paul Morgan

Instructor (8 years), Butler University
I am interested in ways of presenting organic chemistry that ease the struggle many students encounter in these courses. | | I feel one of the greatest challenges to students when they encounter courses centered on complex problem solving is developing integrated conceptual knowledge that can be used flexibly and fast to solve such problems. Many students have not taken courses that require such skills, but, once developed these skills can... Read More →

Thursday August 7, 2014 9:30am - 12:30pm
PAD 106