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ElementsTM of Science Education


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Joint PerkinElmer and University of Illinois Springfield pilot on collaborative chemistry. Paper presented by Nicolas Encina and Dr. Layne Morsch at the American Chemical Society National Meeting, Dallas, TX (March 2014)

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ElementsTM of Science Education

  1. 1. 11 © 2009 PerkinElmer© 2009 PerkinElmer© 2009 PerkinElmer Elements™ of Science Education Joint PerkinElmer and University of Illinois - Springfield pilot on collaborative chemistry. Nic Encina, PerkinElmer Layne Morsch, PhD, University of Illinois Springfield March 18th, 2014 – ACS Dallas
  2. 2. 22 Intro: Nic Encina  History & Trends  Review of PerkinElmer Elements  Overview of Pilot Pilot: Dr. Layne Morsch  University of Illinois Springfield  Future opportunities Agenda
  3. 3. 33 Technology is ubiquitous:  Laptops, Mobile, Tablets, Wearables, Home, etc Information has become social:  Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, etc Today’s kids expect it, and if it’s not an app or on a website somewhere then it’s not worth knowing. Need to engage students in a way that feels modern yet natural. Software is Everywhere
  4. 4. 44 The way that students engage with science is static and dated. This affects their perspective. Which affects how they learn. It also affects how they interact with their professors. Ultimately, it leads to an overall negative experience. And Yet…
  5. 5. 55 But Science is Evolving OLD NEW Mainframe Cloud Centralized Distributed Concrete Virtual Isolated Social Secretive Public Local Labs Globalization Distributed Research Technology Social & Immediate Distributing Discovery
  6. 6. 66 Today’s research is possible due to yesterday’s discoveries. We are constantly losing valuable data. Imagine the overall cost of this data loss. Source: The Atlantic, Dec 19, 2013 Science is Additive
  7. 7. 77 A modern learning environment that delivers information how students are accustomed to consuming it. A platform that addresses the deficiencies in today’s research labs and teaches future researchers the skills and habits that will empower them. New technologies that make today’s science curriculum relevant and exciting. We Need:
  8. 8. 88 So What Can We Do To Create A Better Learning Environment?
  9. 9. 99 • Create an online collaborative platform for science where students can absorb material and upload their own data. • Coordination by Design  Model research workflows  Integrate across disciplines  Make science immediate and social  Provide an additional medium of communication • We created an environment that will feel natural to students familiar with apps, cloud, social. Software as a Service (Saas)
  10. 10. 1010 Modeling Research Workflows System Record Compound Protein Protocol Reactants & Reagents References Tool compound Chemist Biologist Evolutionary Applications elements pages workflows SOP’s
  11. 11. 1111 Let’s bring modern technologies that enhance student engagement into the classroom. Science can be interesting, relevant & cool. Start In The Classroom
  12. 12. 1212 Elements Pilot – University of Illinois Springfield - Education Perspective Background and Framework
  13. 13. Elements Overview  Intuitive to set up  Sharing for research or teaching  Flexible for many experimental designs – From very simple experiments to complex
  14. 14. Dashboard  Login Screen shows materials on left  Prompts in the middle
  15. 15. Creating New Experiments  Can create from a blank layout  Or use a template you have created
  16. 16. Deliver Lab Material  The experiment can be used to deliver background and instructions to the students  Questions can be included for the students to answer (shown in red)
  17. 17. ChemDraw Integration  There is a ChemDraw element that allows for drawing reaction schemes, mechanisms and products
  18. 18. Lab Procedure  Students can write their detailed lab procedure just as they would in a paper lab notebook
  19. 19. Incorporate Spectra into the Notebook  PDF files of Spectra can be uploaded into the notebook  Elements windows can be arranged full width or shared
  20. 20. Incorporate Spreadsheets into the Notebook  Excel spreadsheets can be uploaded into the notebook
  21. 21. Sharing Experiments and Notebooks  Collaborators can be invited to share a single experiment or an entire notebook  Permissions for each collaborator can be set
  22. 22. Pilot Testing  Students have begun using Elements in place of their carbonless copy lab notebooks  Instructor shares a template, which students can use to create their experiment  All student experiments are created in a shared folder – allowing for grading
  23. 23. Teaching Advantages  Students cannot lose their lab notebook  Students cannot “forget” to turn in lab  Students cannot claim to have completed lab if not finished  Students can be asked to create and organize their own experiment  Integration of pictures (TLC, product crystals) and spectra into lab notebook
  24. 24. Ideas for Future Development  Spreadsheet, graphing incorporation  Multiple text Elements usable for a variety of uses – Questions to be answered – Adding a gradable rubric – Student analysis of spectral peaks  Multiple ChemDraw Elements – Reaction scheme – Mechanisms – Product structure along with spectra – Apparatus drawing templates
  25. 25. 2525 Acknowledgements The New Speed of Science • Tanya Tan, laboratory instructor, University of Illinois Springfield • Kara McElwrath, Assistant Director of Client Services, University of Illinois Springfield • Brian Gilman, PerkinElmer • Hans Keil, PerkinElmer