David Vanden Bout

David Vanden Bout

Department of Chemistry
Teaching Fellow

Dr. VandenBout’s Fellow Initiative 

Data Driven Course Design:  Differentiation of Chemistry Concept Retention between Standard and Hybrid Courses  

This project seeks to examine how technology can be leveraged in hybrid courses to improve student retention of key concepts in chemistry. The project strives to serve as an exemplar of how to use data on student learning to systematically improve teaching in large lecture courses.

What was an influential learning experience that you had as an undergraduate?

What inspired your passion for teaching?

My passion for teaching comes from a desire to see students develop skills to think like scientists, to take the knowledge and concepts they have learned in the classroom and apply them to problems in the world. Too often science courses are seen as isolated sets of facts to be mastered; in reality they are about learning core concepts and ideas that can be broadly applied.

What advice do you have for other teachers?

The best piece of advice I have about teaching is to think about the students first. Ask them questions. The more I talk to the students in my class, the better I am able to utilize the time we have together in the course to focus on what they really need.

For more on Dr. Vanden Bout's work, please visit his homepage or email him at davandenbout@mail.utexas.edu.

Dr. Vanden Bout is part of the Provost Teaching Fellows program. Find out more about this Faculty Initiative here.