Session S55b (Tuesday, 5:15pm, Willaman Gateway)

P603: Inverted instruction: Design and implementation of a hybrid SCALE-UP method

Hannah Sturtevant, Gabriela Weaver (Purdue University, USA)

Research has shown that active problem-solving in a collaborative environment supports more effective learning than lecturing alone. Student-Centered Active Learning Environment for Undergraduate Programs (SCALE-UP) is a successfully developed model for use in the classroom. In this project, a large-classroom hybrid approach to SCALE-UP was implemented in a second semester general chemistry course for chemistry majors at a large Midwestern university. This approach combined in-class problem-solving collaboration and discussion with online lectures delivered outside class.  Students’ ACS general chemistry exam scores from both semesters were compared. On both conceptual and algorithmic questions, students performed significantly better after taking the hybrid course. In addition, qualitative data were collected with mid and end-of-semester surveys. Ultimately, this hybrid design will allow one professor to meet with a 400-student class and still use the SCALE-UP approach. The course design and the overall results of this study are presented.

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