Using social networking tools a la carte for organic chemistry education: Wikis, blogs, Second Life, and more
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Jean-Claude Bradley describes the use of social networking tools to teach undergraduate organic chemistry. Public free wikis can be used effectively to manage class information as well as serve as a ...

Jean-Claude Bradley describes the use of social networking tools to teach undergraduate organic chemistry. Public free wikis can be used effectively to manage class information as well as serve as a versatile platforms to process student assignments and provide rapid feedback. Examples of using Second Life to deliver quizzes, play games and offer students an environment to create projects involving 3D molecules, spectra and posters are detailed. The continuously evolving role of blogs, podcasting, screencasting and newer faster interactive platforms such as FriendFeed will be outlined. New technologies create the need for new skills to be taught to students - some relating to networking and some involving knowlege of the language to navigate the chemical webspace (such as SMILES and InChI).

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  • Using social networking tools a la carte for organic chemistry education: Wikis, blogs, Second Life, and more Jean-Claude Bradley E-Learning Coordinator College of Arts and Sciences Associate Professor of Chemistry Drexel University August 19, 2009 American Chemical Society meeting Andrew Lang Professor of Mathematics Oral Roberts University
  • So many tools … so little time blogs free online textbooks recorded lectures (e.g. podcasts, screencasts, videos) wikis CMS (e.g. Blackboard) free course content (e.g. OpenCourseWare) clickers games virtual worlds (e.g. Second Life)
  • Principle of Highest and Best Use
    • Highest and best use is a concept in real estate appraisal. It states that the value of a property is directly related to the use of that property. This use, the Highest and Best Use, may or may not be the current use of the property.
  • What is the best use of your time as a teacher?
    • Lecturing?
    • Manual grading?
    • Discussion groups?
    • Posting to a blog?
    • Motivating?
    What are your objectives?
    • Increasing the baseline understanding of the average student?
    • Helping the best students actualize their potential?
  • Screencasting: easy solution for recording lectures
  • CHEM 241 89 students CHEM 243 64 students Natural migration from F2F to screencast/podcast channels
  • Best use of Class Time Mainly repeating lectures Mainly workshops One-on-one mentoring Doing problems Games
  • SMILES, InChIs and InChIKeys: the new language of chemistry
  • User-Deposited Data on ChemSpider
  • (Andy Lang, Tony Williams) Open Data JCAMP spectra for education (Jean-Claude Bradley, Andy Lang, Tony Williams, Robert Lancashire)
  • The game starts easy
  • Later in the game: time limit and more molecules
  • Database Curation via Game Playing
  • Flagged spectra get investigated
  • Over 50,000 spectrum views so far - worldwide
  • 2D NMR viewer built (Andy Lang)
  • Spectral Game in Second Life (Andy Lang)
  • Interacting with the spectra via chat
  • Say: zoom 2.1-2.3
  • Link Spectral Game to Open Educational Content
  • Class wiki
  • Neeraj's Analysis of the H NMR of valine on ChemSpider (wiki based assignment) The two Hydrogens on the Amine group do not form peaks on the spectrum because they are exchanged in the solvent.
  • EduFrag Maze (without weapons)
  • EduFrag Unreal Tournament (with weapons)
  • Quiz Obelisks in Second Life (Eloise Pasteur)
  • Remixing Code and Content (Andy Lang)
  • Student Assignments in Second Life
  • Student Created Exhibits on ACS Island
  • Flying Around on a Molecule
  • Orac: The 3D Molecule Rezzer From SMILES, InChIs and InChIKeys to 3D Structure (Andy Lang)
  • How Orac Works
  • Docking Demonstration on Drexel Island
  • Enoyl Reductase (Peter Miller)
  • Green Fluorescent Protein (David Reeves)
  • Avidin: From PDB file to…..
  • Avidin 3D structure in Second Life
  • Imine Formation Mechanism: Talk to the molecules!
  • Atomic Orbitals
  • Hydrogen Absorption Spectrum
  • Selection Rules
  • 5D Solubility Data Chemical Space
  • 3D Periodic Table (ACS Freebie)
  • Faculty “Offices” on Drexel Island
  • Bradley Lab on Drexel Island
  • Posters on Second Nature – with Bells
  • Conferences on Second Nature
  • Virtual Poster Area on ACS island
  • Red-Tide Exhibit - Beach
  • Resident Chemist Program: Hinestroza Lab
  • Virtual Lab (Kurt Winkelmann)
  • Amino World (Joan Slonczewski)
  • Spring 09 projects: networking in Second Life and FriendFeed
  • Conclusions
    • Think about your educational objectives
    • Experiment with technology
    • Keep what works
    • To make this efficient learn from others