Combining POGIL & Problem-Based Learning!

Many students are taking organic chemistry, not for the goal of becoming professional chemists, but to support the knowledge base they use in their field. Professional programs also require students to take organic chemistry not only for the content in the course, but also for the learning skills and methodologies students develop while taking the course.

Unfortunately, many non-major students taking organic chemistry do not see the value in the course because of a perceived lack of relevance to their everyday lives and future careers.

“The goal of the workbook is to present real world problems that can be solved using concepts and principles of organic chemistry. To increase student interest and meet the needs of students in multiple disciplines, the problems come from both the biological and physical sciences. The key is that all problems can be solved using the learning objectives of a typical day of a one year organic chemistry course.

"Students often see the material of a typical day to be esoteric, and don’t really understand why this material is useful to learn. Therefore, the start of each activity in the workbook presents a new problem; presented as a “Who Gives a Darn?” question. Students then work through an activity that is based on POGIL principles that addresses the learning objectives of the day. At the end of the activity, the “Who Gives a Darn?” question is presented once again, and students are guided through the thinking to solve the problem using the knowledge and skills gained in the activity.

"Instructors will find that the book can be used in multiple teaching contexts. It may be used in the traditional sense of POGIL-based materials that cover the concepts of a traditional organic chemistry course; or the workbook may be used in the total to teach key skills used in problem solving through the context of organic chemistry.”- Ehren Bucholtz

We invite you to view an e-flip version of the book and to read the author’s paper on “Who Gives A Darn? A POGIL Modification” presented at the 2012 BCCE Conference. And when you’re ready to start using this wonderful workbook in your course, just let us know!

Volume 1

1st Edition

by Ehren Bucholtz

978-1-60263-566-1

Web price: $32 + $14 S&H

Volume 2

1st Edition

by Ehren Bucholtz

978-1-60263-567-8

Web price: $32 + $14 S&H