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Wednesday, May 23 • 1:30pm - 2:05pm
Comics in the Classroom: An Experiment in General Chemistry

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Chemistry lab courses have one hour a week to impart all information to students about the experiment they will do that week: experimental background, details on new techniques, safety concerns, and more. I set out this year to alleviate the burden on this single hour of class time by providing students with graphic-novel-style readings to self-teach some of the important content that cannot fit into the lecture hour. This effort represents a first step in flipping the course format for the lecture. Through illustrated guides to course topics, students have an opportunity to engage with the material differently than they might read a textbook or listen to a lecture. This is the student-reported strength of the approach: Challenging material becomes more accessible to all students when the presentation format changes. In this interactive presentation, we will look at some of the materials that have been used in General Chemistry in the past year, as well as student reactions to them. Once the project goals have been established, discussion will turn to how the audience could implement these ideas in their own classrooms — whether or not they possess artistic drawing abilities.

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Veronica Berns

Assistant Professor of Instruction, Chemistry, Northwestern University

Wednesday May 23, 2018 1:30pm - 2:05pm CDT
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