366 Using POGIL Activities to Facilitate Learning in General and Physical Chemistry

Friday, November 6, 2009: 9:00 AM
Longhorn (Camino Real Hotel)
Marty Perry , Chemistry, Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, AR
Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL, www.pogil.org ) activities developed by Farrell, Moog, and Spencer at Franklin and Marshall College have been utilized as the primary learning resource for the last eleven years in both physical chemistry and general chemistry courses at Ouachita Baptist University. This lectureless format focuses attention on the students’ development of process skills in addition to learning content. Essentially, the ideas and concepts are developed by the learner rather than being presented by an authority figure. Ultimately, this often leads to an increase in an individual’s confidence and can dramatically improve retention of at-risk students as well as the material. Insights and lessons learned from these courses will be shared as well as the incorporation of personal response systems into the classroom experience.