Session S25b (Monday, 2pm, Thomas 104)

P297: Using assessment data to enhance learning in general chemistry courses

Tom Neal (University of Wisconsin – Baraboo/Sauk County, USA)

The University of Wisconsin Colleges Chemistry Department has been using various assessment tools to assess learning by our chemistry students. The data we have collected is showing us that our chemistry students are performing at, or above, the national averages on a majority of chemistry topic areas. However, two relatively consistent areas of weakness for our general chemistry students are their abilities to properly relate numbers to units, equations, and graphs (“numeracy”) and, secondly, to properly connect chemistry principles to molecules in their actual three-dimensional states (“spatial reasoning”).  In this presentation, we will discuss our assessment findings, our process of generating ideas to better “numeracy” and “spatial reasoning” skills among our chemistry students, and some of the ideas that have been implemented.

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