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Students helping each other with class work

Chemistry Workshops

Workshops (or Peer Led Team Learning) are experiences in active learning. Students work together to solve problems and to reveal where difficult or obscure steps might be, allowing them to cooperatively progress through the learning exercise.

It has been demonstrated in many studies on learning that the outcome far exceed the independent learner. Why? Students study and communicate with each other, which results in a higher level of understanding than that of students who study alone. When students work together to solve problems, they reinterpret ideas and concepts in alternative and unanticipated ways. This process improves learning for students at all levels.

At the same time, students learn to be part of team--a frequent expectation of future employers. Our own research here at IUPUI shows that we have experienced as high as a 60% increase in students receiving C or better grades compared to the past with students participating in traditional recitations.

Students who become peer leaders experience better performance in subsequent chemistry classes, and better performance on standardized tests. Learn more about workshop leaders.

The C105 Workshops are two-hour active-learning sessions in which students in the course will practice doing challenging problems collaboratively. Chemistry content, communication skills and good teamwork practices will be emphasized in these peer-led sessions and students will be expected to be active participants. Learn more about the C105 Workshops.

C105 Workshops

The C105 Workshops are two-hour active-learning sessions in which students in the course will practice doing challenging problems collaboratively. Chemistry content, communication skills and good teamwork practices will be emphasized in these peer-led sessions and students will be expected to be active participants. The Workshop manual contains all the required Workshop units (do not use workshop books from prior semesters). Each unit contains some descriptive material, a "Self-Test", a "Workshop" section, and a "Post-Workshop Exercises" section.

  1. Students will arrive at class with the Self-Test section already completed. The Peer Leader will record complete Self-Tests at the beginning of the class. Points are assigned for having completed the Self-test (prior to the Workshop session).
  2. During the Workshop Sessions, students will collaboratively complete the Workshop section (do not complete the Workshop part of the Unit prior to the Workshop session). Points are awarded for completing the Workshop during the Workshop session. Points for the Workshop are assigned based on active involvement, participation, and cooperation during the Workshop period.
  3. The final section of each Unit is the Post-Workshop Exercises section. These are completed after Workshop and serve to help review and examine your knowledge of the Unit. No points are assigned for the Post Workshop Exercises.
  4. Attendance is mandatory, and prompt arrival at recitation sections is required for all C105 students. Workshop work cannot be made up. If you ever miss a workshop session due to a legitimate, documentable problem, notify your instructor immediately and provide written documentation justifying the absence.

Workshop Leaders

Workshop leaders are students who have previously taken C105 and earned a grade of B or higher (are in good standing at the University). These students have an interest in helping to educate new students in Chemistry while improving their own comprehension and skills.

The workshop leader acts as a coach or a mentor to six to eight students. Before the semester begins the workshop leaders attend an orientation where they learn to guide and direct students' learning. Each week all the leaders get together with faculty to review the upcoming material and take their understanding of the material to the next level.

The faculty who teach C105 are very involved in the workshop program.

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Ashley Riley 2014 Alumna, B.S. Chemistry, Forensic & Investigative Sciences, Pre-Med