Toward “Reality-Based” Integrative Laboratories in ChE: Introducing Real-Time, Hands-On Troubleshooting

Todd Hoare


The implementation of troubleshooting within a pre-existing expository laboratory is described and evaluated. Student feedback indicated that troubleshooting activities are highly effective in providing a hands-on opportunity to exercise problem-solving skills and gain a better understanding of the whole process in addition to effectively promoting engagement and interactions within the laboratory group. However, the timing, evaluation, and scope of the activity need to be carefully considered to ensure optimal educational value.

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