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					Chemistry for Allied Health and
     Nursing Students:
   An Integrated Approach

           Dr. Rosa Rivera-Hainaj
 Dean, Division of Science and Mathematics
     Lorain County Community College
       Status of the Chemistry classroom (or
         STEM classroom, for that matter)

O Lecture is still the predominant form of instruction in the
  science classrooms.

O Seymour and Hewett (1997) have shown, poor teaching
  practices in college STEM courses appear to lie at the
  heart of some of these problematic trends.*


*Linking Evidence and Promising Practices in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Undergraduate
Education . A Status Report for The National Academies National Research Council Board of Science Education by James
Fairweather, Michigan State University.
O This instructor-centered approach is opposite to the
  student-centered instruction being promoted by
  many stakeholders, including Achieving the Dream
  and Completion By Design programs.
O There are many innovations used in the classroom
  by innovative faculty: white board, ELMO, text
  messages, clickers, LMS, etc.




O However, most efforts are focused on the use of
  lecture material ONLY, without contextualization.
  What can be done to help students
 understand and use Chemistry and be
       successful in the course?
O The key word is INTEGRATION !
O Several universities and community colleges have
  taken the approach of integrating the lecture and
  laboratory in the general chemistry course (Duke
  University and Maricopa Community College, to name
  two).
O Although the concept may not be new, it does take
  thinking outside the box with regards to teaching
  space and course scheduling.
At Lorain County Community College…

O Allied Health and Nursing students must take
  Chemistry 161, the first part of the General, Organic
  and Biochemistry (GOB) course sequence. This
  course is General Chemistry.

O Some students, especially those working towards the
  BSN, will then have to complete the GOB sequence.
           Problem:
OChemistry 161 is considered one
 of the gatekeeper courses at LCCC,
 hindering student progress and
 credential completion.
   What has been done?
O At the moment we have four platforms for
  course delivery:
  O In person – traditional
  O Online
  O Blended
  O In person – integrated
O The availability of diverse teaching platforms for our
  GOB course has increased the success of our
  students.
O Faculty plays a fundamental role in the success of
  students, and being open to explore different
  modalities of teaching is a major aspect of the
  project.
O Planning for diversity in teaching is not easy, it must
  also account for the reality that individuals do not
  all learn in the same way, and any group of students
  will include a variety of approaches to learning.
 How can I re-design my course to
   become an integrated one?
O A few things need to be determined before making
  any major changes:

  O Learning space selection – lab space with “lecture”
    capability OR classroom space with “laboratory”
    capability
O Course schedule – a non-traditional time block would
  be needed. Gone are the lectures 3X (or 2X) a week
  and once a week lab 2-3 hours long.

O Faculty selection – faculty needs to be able to engage
  students and be able to make the necessary
  transitions from lecture to hands-on exercises.
Course Material Re-Design
O We will work now through the re-design of
  one chapter of the course.
O Topic: Chemistry, Matter and
  Measurement
O Associate Lab: Solids and Liquids Density;
  Specific Gravity; Lung Volume
O The goal is to combine these discussion
  topic and the associate lab into a continuum,
  allowing students to apply
  learned/presented concepts right away.
                 Subtopics
O What is chemistry?
O Scientific Method – hands-on activity
O Classification of Matter
   O States of matter experiment – phase changes
O Measurements
   O   Measurements and Health Careers
   O   Significant Figures – Math Review
   O   SI units
   O   Dimensional Analysis – Density, temperature
Let’s get to work!
Round the room…
Closing Remarks and Next Steps
  Dr. Rosa E. Rivera-Hainaj
  Dean, Division of Science and Mathematics
  Lorain County Community College
  440-366-7280
  rhainaj@lorainccc.edu
  www.lorainccc.edu

				
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