November Meeting Notice
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Case Western Reserve University
Nord Hall room310
4:30 pm Executive Committee Meeting
5:30 pm Social/Networking Hour
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Presentation
Innovations in Teaching General Chemistry
Michelle Driessen, Director of General Chemistry, University of Minnesota.
There have been numerous calls in the recent past to modernize the teaching and delivery of general chemistry. This is a daunting task for most faculty, especially those at large universities with large-enrollment general chemistry courses. Part of the anxiety stems from the fact that each of us tends to teach the same way that we were taught. Like most faculty, I spent the first 10 years of my teaching career giving traditional lectures and running traditional verification laboratories. It seemed that things were going well because most students were happy with their experience. It was when I started to supervise the 2500+ students in our general chemistry labs that I started to see a disconnect between the exciting chemistry found in a research lab and the “recipes” that we had students following in our laboratories. I had efficiently removed all possibility of the unknown or interesting from the freshman experience. It was this epiphany that prompted me to begin experimenting with new teaching methods and alternate delivery of course materials utilizing technology and active learning methods. This talk will highlight my innovative approach in teaching general chemistry using a hybrid model that grew out of our problem-based laboratories that utilize a student team approach.
DINNER RESERVATIONS REQUIRED:
Please RSVP by Sunday, November 17 by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. An email acknowledgement including dinner menu and a phone number for additional questions will be sent at that time. Room capacity for this event is limited so please register early. The meeting is located in Nord Hall located on the Case Quad (see attached map). Parking is best at the Veale Parking Garage, 2158 Adelbert Road Cleveland, OH 44106. Checks made out to “Cleveland ACS” are greatly appreciated; cash otherwise. $20 for members and guests, $10 for retirees or unemployed, $5 for students.