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28th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference


Teaching Green Chemistry: Systems Thinking, Assessments, and Curricular Design

This workshop will consist of the following parts:

Part One: Green Chemistry and Systems Thinking for Gateway Courses and Beyond

1. Introduce workshop participants to the general format of the new ACSGCI teaching modules and describe at least one module in detail.

2. Guide participants through planning to include one or more modules in their general or organic chemistry course curricula.

3. Encourage feedback from participants concerning their anticipated impediments to implementation, module concepts that do/don’t fit well with their curricula, and positive/negative first impressions.

Part Two: Assessment of Impacts of Green Chemistry Curriculum

New ACS Guidelines for Bachelor’s Degree Programs advocate for integrating green chemistry into university chemistry courses. However, assessing students’ understanding of these principles remains challenging due to a lack of established tools. This workshop aims to assist green chemistry educators with assessing students’ cognitive and affective outcomes. This half-day workshop will start with an introduction to backward design. Participants will learn the three stages of backward design: i) identify desired results; ii) determine acceptable evidence; and iii) plan learning experiences.

The workshop will cover an introduction to measurement, research designs (pre-/post-test, treatment/control, multiple groups), measurement alignment with constructs of interest, data collection practices, data analysis, and reporting. The participants will be given templates for administering assessment instruments and examples of appropriate narratives to convey the assessment part of their curriculum innovations.


8:00 am- 8:45 am
8:45 am –9:00 am
Welcome and Introduction
  • Workshop objectives
  • Overview of the agenda
  • Expectations
9:00 am – 10:45 am
Modules: Green Chemistry and Systems Thinking
  • Introduction to the Module Development Project
  • Modules in detail
  • Inertia vs. change in curricula
10:45 am – 11:00 am
11:00 am – 12:30 am
Incorporating Green Chemistry and Systems Thinking in your Teaching
  • Implementation of a module
  • Barriers and solutions
  • Development of a faculty mentoring network
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
1:30 pm-2:15 pm
Modules: Safety
2:15 pm-3:15 pm
Green Chemistry in the classroom: Assessments Part 1
  • Gauging student learning
  • Looking for outcomes
3:15 pm-3:30 pm
3:30 pm-4:30 pm
Green Chemistry in the classroom: Assessments Part 2
4:30 pm-4:50 pm
Summarizing content: Improving the Relevance of Your Classes
  • Green chemistry, safety, and assessments
  • Discussion
4:50 pm- 5:00 pm
Closing Remarks and Request for Feedback