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The Chemical Educator

ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)

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Abstract Volume 22 (2017) pp 60-62

Project-Based Learning: Connecting Learners through Guided Class Projects in an Upper Level Chemistry Special Topics Class

Brian Bourne and Tolulope O Salami*

Department of Chemistry, Valdosta State University, 1500N Patterson Street, Valdosta, GA 31698,, Received August 18, 2016. Accepted February 24, 2017.

Published: 6 March 2017

Abstract. An undergraduate level special topics biomaterial chemistry course was structured around the project-based learning model. The semester long group project was designed for students to research and learn about the chemistry of biomaterials, and use that knowledge to design a device. Students worked in teams, and each team was allowed to continuously make adjustments to their project from newly acquired knowledge from classroom lectures and classroom instructions. Some of the lessons learned from the implementation of the project and the open ended survey at the end of the semester are discussed.

Key Words: In the Classroom; biochemistry; biomaterial chemistry

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