Greening Classrooms: Lessons Learned From Adapting Chemistry Curricula and Teaching Delivery Methods During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Organizers: Miranda J. Gallagher, Rice University; Jane Wissinger, University of Minnesota

Due to public health needs, chemistry courses this past year were delivered with pandemic safety guidelines in place. Many classrooms and laboratories were shifted to HyFlex models of instruction or taught entirely through synchronous or asynchronous online modalities. This temporary, yet fundamental shift, in teaching delivery provided an opportunity for educators to develop professionally, show their creativity, learn new technologies and try new course content. This symposium will feature best practices that used or expanded green and/or sustainable chemistry content in K-12, undergraduate, graduate, or outreach learning environments. Teaching methods adopted to remote and in-person classrooms will be shared as well as reflections on what can yet be improved. During their presentations, participants will be encouraged to share pedagogical tools employed, such as backward design and active learning, with the audience.