Success in introductory STEM courses, such as General Chemistry, can advance students’ progress towards completing their degrees, which can then lead to high-paying, fulfilling careers. However, many students end up deterred from furthering their studies due to poor experiences and outcomes in these introductory courses. Furthermore, course success rates are not evenly distributed across all student populations, with low-income and racially minoritized students being more likely to receive a below passing grade.
Evidence-based teaching practices and high-quality courseware that enable these practices have the potential to change student experiences and success rates. Digital Promise is conducting a multi-year study that will examine both teaching practices and a new courseware designed to improve student outcomes in General Chemistry l courses. We are inviting college and university level chemistry faculty from across the country to work with us in identifying better ways to teach and learn.