POGIL: Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning
Mastery of concepts and skills is best gained by actively building knowledge and experience, not by simply listening or watching while someone else tells you about them. The method I use in my "lecture" classes is "POGIL", which stands for Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning. As stated on the pogil.org website:
To support the use of POGIL in my classes, I have adopted POGIL workbooks, when available for the particular course (CHEM 108, CHEM 110 and CHEM 111), or have written my own POGIL exercises (PHSN 101 and PHSN 106).
POGIL has also been applied in chemistry laboratory instruction, and I have written many experiments for my chemistry laboratory courses based on some aspects of guided inquiry pegagogy, but I cannot say that they are "true" POGIL experiments. That will have to wait for a future sabbatical!
I have seen a definite increase in students' understanding and retention of core concepts and skills since I began using the POGIL method. I have especially been impressed with the increases in "successful retention", which is the proportion of students who finish the course with a grade of "C" or better.
PhET (phet.colorado.edu) provides fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena for free. This research-based approach- incorporating findings from prior research and their own testing- enables students to make connections between real-life phenomena and the underlying science, deepening their understanding and appreciation of the physical world.
University of Puget Sound, 1979 - 1981
Principia College, 1981 - 1982:
B. S. in Chemistry, 1982
University of Washington, 1983 - 1984
Washington University in St. Louis, 1984 - 1986:
A. M. in Inorganic Chemistry, 1985 (Master of Arts)
Stanford University, 1989 - 1992
Principia College, 1985 - 1989
MiraCosta College, 1992 - present