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.

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Teaching Organic Chemistry with Blogs and Wikis

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