Chemistry eAcademy Summary

CHEM 301a/301b, Organic Chemistry
fullerton summary shotModel:  Supplemental Instruction
Lead Faculty:  Phil Janowicz, Assistant Professor, Chemical Education
Dates:  July 31-August 2, 2013
Faculty Participants:  11 from 4 CSUs

The Design:

This two-and-a-half-day eAcademy focused on teaching Organic Chemistry using Supplemental Instruction to improve student engagement and success. Supplemental Instruction provides instruction through student support sessions with peer leaders who have been successful in the course and who have strong communications skills.  In addition, the eAcademy focused on use of online homework assignments and internet-based assessments of learning.

The first day, Professor Janowicz introduced the Supplemental Instruction (SI) model and the philosophy that underlies this model, which was developed at the University of Kansas.  Students who have been SI leaders participated in a panel, and Professor Janowicz presented a sample SI lesson, demonstrated a supplemental instruction site, and led discussion of SI among the participants. He and the student participants led an activity related to common issues in learning Organic Chemistry and ways SI could be used effectively to address them.   On the second day, the use of online homework (as a successful learning tool) and internet-based assessments, both in conjunction with SI, were the focus. Professor Janowicz also emphasized the need to align homework and examinations with student learning objectives.  Faculty participants worked on incorporating SI and online tools into the courses they teach and on developing online assessments.

Campus Provided:

Dr. Janowicz and students who had been SI leaders made presentations and led discussion on the key topics related to Supplemental Instruction.  Dr. Janowicz also presented and led discussions related to online homework, internet-based testing and assessment linked to student learning objectives.  He provided homework and testing materials to the participants.

Chancellor’s Office Provided:

The Chancellor’s Office staff introduced the context of the Proven Course Redesign eAcademies, with their goals. These included presentations on accessible syllabi and universal design; effective blended and online teaching (QOLT); student learning outcomes; alignment with assessment; Affordable Learning Solutions and textbook alternatives; and the capabilities of Learning Management Systems for learning analytics. They also introduced the Professional Learning Communities to follow the eAcademies and the use of Blackboard Collaborate for effective virtual meetings.

Selected Participant Recommendations:

  • More hands-on exercises with additional faculty in the same department presenting

  • Continue to include interaction with students

  • Add more time for interaction with other faculty