Dr. Jessica VandenPlas
chemistry, learning, online, virtual, synchronous, asynchronous
Smith, Megan, "Investigating best practices for engaging chemistry students in online learning" (2022). Student Summer Scholars Manuscripts. 236.
This project investigated two online delivery methods to identify how to best support student learning. Students were grouped based on chemistry background and took part in one of two content lessons appropriate to their experience. These two content groups were then divided based on delivery method: asynchronous or synchronous. Participants completed a pre- and post-test around the lesson, with only content delivery method differing within groups; asynchronous students watched a video lecture, while synchronous students participated in a real-time lecture online. Both quantitative and qualitative data were collected. While student test scores improved pre-post, no statistical significance was seen in this pattern based on content delivery method. Qualitative data showed that students care more about teaching style rather than modality. This research suggests that instructors cannot be the same teacher they are in person as they are online, regardless of delivery method.