Resources to Increase Student Engagement and Improve Mindset

Laurie Starkey, Cal Poly Pomona

Teaching Online Organic Chemistry "Labs" and Lectures: Moving Beyond Survival Mode (Wiley webinar and presentation pdf)

Teaching with Technology (PowerPoint, handout)

Building Community in the Remote Classroom (presentation pdf)

Mind-tricks for Mastery: Redesigning an Organic Chemistry Course by
Focusing on Productive Persistence
(poster pdf)


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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