Teaching Organic Chemistry with Blogs and Wikis

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The evolution of how I have incorporated technology in the teaching of undergraduate organic chemistry. Presented at the American Chemical Society meeting in Chicago on March 2007.

The evolution of how I have incorporated technology in the teaching of undergraduate organic chemistry. Presented at the American Chemical Society meeting in Chicago on March 2007.

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  • 1. Teaching Organic Chemistry with Blogs and Wikis Jean-Claude Bradley E-Learning Coordinator College of Arts and Sciences Drexel University March 25, 2007 American Chemical Society Symposium on Social Networking Tools to Teach Chemistry
  • 2. What is the role of a chemistry teacher?
    • Produce chemists!
  • 3. What is a chemist?
    • An individual who is
      • Chemically literate ( undergrad )
      • Competent to create new useful chemical knowledge ( graduate )
  • 4. How do chemistry teachers produce chemists?
    • Select and deliver content
    • Assess and validate skills and knowledge
    • Catalyze the learning process
  • 5. The evolution of an organic chemistry course
    • The traditional lecture-based course:
      • Content delivery : Face to Face
      • Assessment : Manual Grading
      • Learning Catalysis : office hours/email
  • 6. Evolution of Assessment
    • Manual grading
    • Optional WebCT quizzes with automated grading
    • All tests and exam with automated grading under video surveillance proctoring
    • Extra Credit Blog and Wiki assignments
    • Quizzes as mazes in Unreal Tournament
  • 7. Evolution of Content Delivery
    • Face to face lectures/ paper handouts
    • Face to face lectures/ online pdfs
    • Optional screencast of lectures
    • Audio podcasting (iTunes)/ pdfs
    • Blog about class content
    • Video podcasting (iTunes)
    • Wiki for class organization
    • Youtube/ Google video
    • Google co-op and free online textbooks
  • 8. CHEM 241 89 students CHEM 243 64 students Natural migration from F2F to screencast/podcast channels
  • 9. Evolution of Learning catalysis
    • Office hours and email
    • Use class time for workshops and assign recorded lectures
      • Be present while students do problems, watch lectures, play games
      • Discuss extra credit assignment
      • Address technical implementation on their laptops
      • Small groups or one-on-one
  • 10. Content Assessment Interaction Wiki-Centric Open Courseware Model Blog or wiki versioning E-mail Surveys Tests Quizzes Multimedia Images Text Wiki Lecture Recording podcast vodcast Workshops CMS Games
  • 11. email phone blog wiki podcast SENDER RECEIVER NEW OLD PUSH PULL Sharing Ideas
  • 12. The class wiki front page (top)
  • 13. The class wiki front page (bottom)
  • 14. The class blog
  • 15. Viewing the blog using a feed reader
  • 16.  
  • 17. Podcasting MP3s and PDFs through iTunes
  • 18. View vodcasts on iTunes or on a video iPod
  • 19. The FAQ blog
  • 20. CHEM 241 no Drexel students in winter term Long term trends for Open Courseware RSS feeds In World Lecture Hall
  • 21. Student Blogging
  • 22. Student assignments on a wiki
  • 23. Student assignment on NMR using live research data and JSpecView
  • 24. Version tracking in a wiki
  • 25. Interaction using version changes in a wiki
  • 26. Who is using the class blogs and wikis?
  • 27. EduFrag Maze (without weapons)
  • 28. EduFrag Unreal Tournament (with weapons)
  • 29. Wheel of Orgo
  • 30. Summary
    • Use blogs for creating podcasts or for storing static sequential content (transcripts)
    • Use wikis to organize content and to interact with students on assignments
    • Use multiple channels to deliver content and assess learning
    • All of these technologies are simple, free and hosted