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Innovative Instructional Techniques

Please find links to published papers describing innovative instructional techniques that SERU has been involved in creating (SERU members are in bold):

Ott LE, Carpenter TS, Hamilton DS, LaCourse WR (2017).  Discovery Learning: Development of a Unique Active Learning Environment for Introductory Chemistry.  The Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (In Press)

  • This case study describes the development and implementation of Discovery Learning, a unique active learning discussion session for general chemistry.  Discovery Learning is largely based on Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) and involves students working in teams of four on guided inquiry problems.  Discovery Learning occurs in the Chemistry Discovery Center, a specialized room that fosters student cooperation that is reminiscent of a Student Centered Active Learning Environment, Upside-Down Pedagogy (SCALE-UP) classroom.  Implementation of Discovery Learning significantly increased the number of students who passed general chemistry, student performance on exams, and the overall retention of students.