Experiencing the flipped chemistry classroom at the LACOL workshop

C. Londergan demonstrates untethered movement in the classroom with his tablet.
C. Londergan demonstrates untethered movement in the classroom with his tablet.

At the June LACOL workshop, Associate Professor of Chemistry Casey Londergan demonstrated his techniques for flipping the chemistry classroom as part of a multi-disciplinary panel on faculty and student experiences with online, blended and active learning.

In a Physical Chemistry class primarily for juniors, Londergan and his colleague Joshua Schrier have experimented with a mixture of just-in-time and active learning techniques with their students in order to maximize the use of class time for problem solving work.  Content delivery through readings and videos happens mostly through the LMS so more active learning can happen in the classroom.  Modular videos allow students to re-watch sections of the lecture.  Pre-class questions in the LMS also help Londergan adjust each class to focus on the areas where students have the most questions.

For students, the active classroom learning design pushes them to focus and improve in the most challenging areas.  Using a tablet and stylus linked wirelessly to the projector, Londergan is free to move around the class and help individual students and groups get “unstuck” as they work on problems together.



Prof. Casey Londergan demonstrates his flipped chemistry classroom at Haverford.