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Engage! Using Adaptive Courseware and Digital Technology to Enhance Student Learning

  • January 20, 2022 | 12:00 MT

Many instructors are striving to make good use of digital technology to interact with students and help them master challenging course material.  Adaptive courseware takes many forms, has improved over time, and allows students to skip “busywork” while putting the focus on practicing concepts that need extra work.  New technologies can allow instructors to identify, follow and communicate directly with struggling students to get them the help they need.  In the General Chemistry Program at Colorado State University, we’ve used a mix of adaptive learning platforms, static homework, in-class active learning activities, and digital monitoring to enhance student learning and engagement.

 

Workshop Leaders

Kerry MacFarland, Ph.D

Kerry MacFarland, Ph.D

Dr. Kerry MacFarland enjoys teaching General Chemistry at Colorado State University, where she is an Assistant Teaching Professor. She earned a BA in Chemistry from Williams College and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has 20 years of teaching experience, and utilizes active learning, adaptive and digital resources as valuable pedagogical tools.
Harmony Tucker, Ph.D.

Harmony Tucker, Ph.D.

Dr. R Harmony Tucker has been teaching chemistry at Colorado State University since 2004. As a Senior Instructor in the General Chemistry program, she has taught over 10,000 students in both terms of this year-long sequence. She is enthusiastic about bringing demonstrations and active learning into her classes, and she sees adaptive and digital resources as key elements to helping students master this complicated material.