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