Mind-tricks for Mastery:
Redesigning an Organic Chemistry Course by
Focusing on Productive Persistence
(a Non-Technology-Based CSU-CRT project)
Laurie Starkey, Cal Poly Pomona

Poster (pdf) Abstract:

The goal of this course redesign was to reduce the D/F/W rate by improving students' attitudes about Organic Chemistry and exploring learning theory to improve their persistence.  Lessons on having a growth mindset have been incorporated, and utilizing a learning-focused syllabus helped to build a supportive environment.  Metacognitive reflection was encouraged with exam wrappers and weekly journal prompts.  Incentives were given for students to form groups (Organic Learning Communities, OLC) outside of class, and structured activities were provided for the OLCs on a weekly basis.


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