Fully Online Organic Chemistry

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238th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society; August 2009; Washington DC; Symposium Title: Using Technology to Enhance Learning in Organic Chemistry. Presentation Title: Creation and implementation of a fully online organic chemistry course

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Fully Online Organic Chemistry

  1. 1. Fully Online Organic Chemistry: To Infinity and Beyond<br />Phil Janowicz<br />University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign<br />ACS National Meeting<br />August 17, 2009<br />
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  3. 3. HHMI / AAMC 2009 report<br />Low levels of science competency and analytical thinking among students entering medical school<br />Develop an interdisciplinary competency-based learning approach in the pre-med curriculum<br />De-emphasize fact-based learning and rote-memorization<br />This change runs parallel to MCAT overhaul<br />
  4. 4. Jeff Moore<br />
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  7. 7. Searchable Hyperlinked Notes<br />
  8. 8. Discussion Sessions<br />
  9. 9. Exams<br />Uses ACE Organic and can deliver structure and mechanism questions<br />Can also be combined with Jmol to deliver bioorganic chemistry questions (movie)<br />
  10. 10. Online Course - Survey<br />23%, no pref<br />32%, no<br />32%, live<br />68%, yes<br />45%, online<br />Statistically significant difference at 95% confidence level<br />
  11. 11. Online Course - Comments<br />“I used to think that online courses weren&apos;t interactive, but … that was refuted.”<br />“This online format was great….  Professor Moore is a very approachable guy.”<br />“You can actually learn from online courses.”<br />
  12. 12. Online Course - Conclusions<br />Students rate the course as at least on par with live course<br />Saves instructor time, TA grading hours, room reservations, and money<br />Students can learn from wherever they are!<br />
  13. 13. Course taught simultaneously at 5 universities around the world to roughly 900 students<br />University of Detroit-Mercy<br />Peking University<br />Won’t you join us?<br />University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign<br />University of Massachusetts - Amherst<br />Lahore University of Management Sciences<br />
  14. 14. Acknowledgments<br />Prof. Jeff Moore<br />Mike Evans<br />Dan Nejak<br />Preston May<br />Prof. Bob Grossman<br />Murchison-Mallory endowed chair ($$)<br />
  15. 15. For more information:<br />Please contact Phil Janowicz (me) at pjanowi2@illinois.edu or Jeff Moore at jsmoore@illinois.edu<br />We’d love to have you! :-D<br />

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