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Tips for Using Small Group Activities in Large Lecture Halls. CFE Faculty Showcase November 1, 2013. Chem 101. 200-350 students per section Flipped classroom: video assignments in order to have problem-solving time during class Mentors present every day, prepared to assist with concepts.

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chem 101
Chem 101
  • 200-350 students per section
  • Flipped classroom: video assignments in order to have problem-solving time during class
  • Mentors present every day, prepared to assist with concepts
problem solving groups
Problem-solving groups
  • Students assigned to groups & seats using the Sakai PostEm feature
  • Usually 3-5 students per group
  • Move groups every 4 weeks
  • Assign new groups at mid-semester
  • Group students randomly or by design?
lecture hall constraints
Lecture hall constraints
  • How to manage with fixed seats?
      • Under-enroll classroom
      • Leave entire rows empty for Mentors to assist “interior” students
class structure
Class structure
  • Ask question and have individuals respond
  • Show results
  • Encourage dialog, including Mentors, and repoll
  • Problem-solving is worth 3-5% of course grade
  • Does “right answer” count? Or is attendance enough?
mentors in action
Mentors in action!

http://youtu.be/lZjzWl2lm0w

student feedback re mentors
Student feedback re Mentors
  • Provide on-the-spot support
      • “It was really crucial to have mentors and tutors there helping me…”
      • [Course set-up] provided me with helpful feedback
      • [Course set-up] encouraged students to participate in class
      • Course was designed to keep me engaged in learning
creating a mentor program
Creating a Mentor Program
  • Solicit students from previous semesters
  • Ask colleagues teaching similar courses to identify potential mentors
  • Advertise through Student Services and Departmental events
chem 296 chem ed practicum
Chem 296: Chem Ed Practicum
  • 1-3 credits, variable
  • Experiential education credit
  • Approximately one year from initial paperwork to course listing
additional mentor responsibilities
Additional Mentor responsibilities
  • Lead review sessions before midterms
  • Run recitations
  • Moderate Sakai Forums
hear from the mentors
Hear from the Mentors
  • Benefits as student to having mentors in the classroom
  • Reasons for becoming Mentors