Active Learning in Organic Chemistry Workshop

Jennifer Muzyka

Jennifer Muzyka

Organic Education Resources (www.organicers.org) invites Organic Chemistry instructors to apply to our Summer ’22 in-person NSF-sponsored workshop (award numbers: DUE2021170, DUE2021175, DUE2021285). Enrollment in this no-cost workshop will be limited to 30 participants to promote collaborative activities and community building for a diverse group of faculty. Experienced members of the OrganicERs Leadership Board will introduce and facilitate implementation of evidence-based instructional methods. This workshop is designed for organic chemistry instructors who want to effectively implement or improve their use of active learning methods in their classrooms. Organic chemistry educators who have not previously participated in an ALOC workshop are encouraged to apply.

Participants will:

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Become part of a community of over 800 instructors committed to evidence-based instructional methods in organic chemistry,

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Improve their understanding of these methods by experiencing them as students and by working collaboratively to develop learning activities that conform to best-practice,

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Discuss common hurdles and solutions to effective implementation,

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Engage in a thematic one-year online faculty learning community with a half-dozen like-minded organic chemistry instructors from across the country.


Topics include:

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Development of desired learning outcomes for your course(s)

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Diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect as related to teaching organic chemistry

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Incorporating reading prompts, pre-class warmup questions, or recorded lecture videos to free up class time for student questions and problem-solving.

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Classroom assessment techniques and collaborative learning techniques including options for classroom response systems

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Open education resources

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Adapting active learning to large classrooms

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The scholarship of teaching and learning

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Cognitive psychology in teaching organic chemistry

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How to introduce new teaching methods to students and colleagues

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We encourage applications from diverse backgrounds at various stages of their career, including non-tenure track, tenure-track, and tenured faculty/instructors/lecturers. We hope to include participants from community colleges, predominantly undergraduate institutions, and R1/R2 institutions.  Continued professional development of participants will involve faculty learning communities that meet online monthly for the academic year after the workshop.

The workshop is free.  Hotel, breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided at no cost to participants.  Participants will be responsible for covering the cost of travel to North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND and dinner Tuesday through Thursday evenings.

Workshop organizers encourage COVID-19 vaccination and masking.  Participants will work in small groups and have meals together.

Review of applications will begin February 15, 2022.

We anticipate it will take ~20 minutes to complete the application.  You can find the application form at https://forms.gle/P6MVGpLcw8ePVWeVA

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