Session S60a (Wednesday, 9:30am, Thomas 102)

P673: Successes and challenges in implementation of the laboratory components of a dual credit general chemistry course

Janelle Torres y Torres, Benjamin Caldwell, Michael Ducey (Missouri Western State University, USA)

The Missouri Western Dual Credit program in General Chemistry has served more than 1,000 students since 1999. An on-campus faculty member serves as the instructor of record and high school teachers facilitate the course at their schools.  A primary goal of the program is to maintain the same course content and rigor as the on-campus course.  Teachers attend a workshop each year that addresses the lecture and laboratory portions of the course and are trained to facilitate the laboratory exercises in their schools.  Most experiments are performed in high school labs.  The students also complete labs using instrumentation during two on-campus visits.  Challenges to the implementation of the laboratory at the high schools remain, such as the length of class periods, availability of adequate lab facilities, assigning consistent grades across schools, and safety issues.  In this presentation we will share solutions to some of these challenges.

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