OMG moment affects GPAs


Chemistry professor uses Hogwarts-styled ‘House Cup’ challenge to improve learning

Organic chemistry students choose House Cup teams.

Organic chemistry students choose House Cup teams.

Professor Angela King had an OMG moment last year at a teaching retreat, which led her to change how her organic chemistry classes operate.

King realized, “What a student expects to learn and how they expect to do in a class actually impacts their learning.”

For example, a student might take a divisional class and assume they will get an A because it’s viewed as their “easy” class. “They are already calculating their GPA based on that A and will do whatever it takes to get that A,” she said, “while a student who takes a class perceived as more difficult, like my organic chemistry course, just wants to pass the class.”

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