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Rethinking chemistry in higher education towards technology-enhanced problem-based learning
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
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2016 (English)In: Education Inquiry, ISSN 2000-4508, E-ISSN 2000-4508, Vol. 7, no 2, 115-135 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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A range of factors can lead to situations where university courses have to be taught with a very small number of students. In this paper, we report on our experiences of a chemistry course that was especially designed to encourage learning in small groups of students (four to five per course). The course design included inquiry-based approaches, case methodology and problem-based learning concepts. The main goal was to enhance student motivation and to support them to become active agents (‘pro-sumers’). Technology was adopted to support students in their inquiry-based learning processes by using online logs, group wikis and quizzes and with sections of laboratory work. We explored student perceptions during the first 2 years in two courses. The students were, in general, very positive about the course and communicated that the technological tools along with the pedagogical design decisions had assisted them to different extents in their learning. Our conclusion is that such a design is appropriate for an advanced-level chemistry course with small numbers of students, and the course will continue to be given in this form.

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2016. Vol. 7, no 2, 115-135 p.
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chemistry, technology-enhanced learning, PBL, small groups, design-based explorative study
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Chemical Sciences Learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-122085DOI: 10.3402/edui.v7.27287OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-122085DiVA: diva2:937200
Available from: 2016-06-15 Created: 2016-06-15 Last updated: 2017-11-28Bibliographically approved

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