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Organic/Biochemistry
Course Using POGIL
Based Materials
Colleen Conway
Mount Mary College
Milwaukee, WI
Mount Mary College
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Small
Urban
Women’s College
About 1700 students
Traditional and non-traditional students
90% of students on financial aid/scholarships
Organic/Biochemistry class
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This is the second chemistry course for dietetics and
nursing students
1 semester course
 3 hours lecture + 2 hours lab per week
Material covered
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About ½ is organic chemistry
About ½ is biochemistry
These topics are interspersed
Textbook was Denniston, Topping, and Caret, Principles
and Applications of Organic and Biological Chemistry
My POGIL Journey
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2004 BCCE – POGIL Workshops
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Year 2004-2005 - Added some POGIL to
Organic/Biochemistry Course
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Exercises mostly for the organic portion of the course
Summer, 2005 – POGIL Workshop on Writing
Materials
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Year 2005-2006 - No lecture – all POGIL in
Organic/Biochemistry Course
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Added POGIL exercises for all biochemistry
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POGIL method adopted due to challenge of nonchemistry students
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One hour of lecture was given to POGIL in Year
2004-2005
Last hour of lecture was given to POGIL in Year
2005-2006
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Tests and quizzes - same format and content
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POGIL materials were NOT graded
POGIL materials
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Topics covered in 2004-2005
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Alkenes
Alcohols
Aldehydes and ketones
Carboxylic acids
Sugars
Expansion of topics in metabolism in 2005-2006 –
glycolysis, gluconeogenesis, Citric Acid Cycle,
Electron Transport System
Non-POGIL
Year 2003-2004
2 hours of lecture
1 hour of Problem Based Learning
2 hours of lab
POGIL
Year 2004-2005
1 hour of lecture
1 hour of Problem Based Learning
1 hour of POGIL
2 hours of lab
POGIL
Year 2005-2006
1 hour of Problem Based Learning
2 hours of POGIL
2 hours of lab
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Comparison of grade distributions with and
without POGIL using Chi Square Test
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Comparisons were
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Fall to fall for 2004 and 2005
Spring to spring for 2005 and 2006
Also for the whole year – fall and spring data
combined
Is there any significant difference in learning?
Number of Students
Comparison of Grade Distribution of Non-POGIL
(Fall, 2003) and POGIL Classes in Fall, 2004 and
2005
15
Non-POGIL
10
Fall, 2004
5
Fall, 2005
0
A AB B BC C CD D
Grades
F
Chi Square Results
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There is a significant difference between the
Non-POGIL and Fall, 2004 POGIL Classes
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There is no significant difference between
Non-POGIL and Fall, 2005 POGIL Classes
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There is a significant difference between
Non-POGIL and both Fall Classes Combined
Number of Students
Comparison of Non-POGIL (Spring, 2004) and
POGIL Classes in Spring, 2005 and 2006
15
Non-POGIL
10
Spring, 2005
5
Spring, 2006
0
A AB B BC C CD D
Grades
F
Chi Square Results
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There is a significant difference between
Non-POGIL and Spring, 2005 POGIL Class
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There is a significant difference between
Non-POGIL and Spring, 2006 POGIL Classes
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There is a significant difference between
Non-POGIL and both Spring POGIL Classes
Number of Students
Comparison of Grade Distribution for Non-POGIL
(2003-2004) and POGIL Classes 2004-2005 and
2005-2006
25
20
15
10
5
0
Non-POGIL
2004-2005
2005-2006
A
AB
B
BC
Grades
C
CD
D
Conclusions
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Grade distribution using POGIL
shifted to higher grades
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There is a significant difference using
the Chi Square test between the NonPOGIL and the POGIL classes
Comments by students about
POGIL based materials
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“I liked this method of learning.”
“This helped me to understand the material.”
“They helped me apply what we were
learning.”
“I honestly think this is the best way for me to
understand material.”
“I could ask questions if I didn’t understand
and classmates helped.”
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Thanks to
 POGIL workshops and personnel
 Mount Mary College
 Dr. Angela Sauro
 Dr. Patty Ahrens
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[email protected]
Normalized Grade Distribution of Non-POGIL and
Fall, 2004 POGIL Classes
Students
15
10
Non-POGIL
POGIL
5
0
A AB B BC C CD D
Grades
F
Students
Normalized Grade Distributions for Non-POGIL
and Fall, 2005 POGIL Classes
10
8
6
4
2
0
Non-POGIL
POGIL
A AB B BC C CD D
Grades
F
Normalized Grade Distribution for Non-POGIL and
Spring, 2005 POGIL Classes
Students
15
10
Non-POGIL
POGIL
5
0
A AB B BC C CD D
Grades
F
Normalized Grade Distribution of Non-POGIL and
Spring, 2006 POGIL Classes
Students
15
10
Non-POGIL
POGIL
5
0
A AB B BC C CD D
Grades
F