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The Fall 2013 CCCE Newsletter will Run October 23 - November 23, 2013

Cheminformatics OLCC

The CCCE is currently developing a Cheminformatics OLCC.  This will be the 6th intercollegiate OLCC, OnLine College Course, which allow colleges and universities to offer courses they do not normally offer by bringing in experts who function as online guest lecturers that interact with both faculty and students. These are actually hybrid courses where local faculty facilitators are the "instructor of record," meet with the students and are responsible for grades. Past OLCCs were on the topics of Environmental & Industrial Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals and Chemical Hygiene. We feel that recent advances in cheminformatics and chemical information sciences make this a timely topic. Our objective is to identify and provide instruction on "Essential Cheminformatics" skills that would be an asset to graduating undergraduate students.

We are currently in the organizational stage of the Cheminformatics OLCC and are looking for faculty who would like to function as course facilitators and offer this course to students at their home instituions in the Spring of 2015. We will shortly have a website up with further information, and please contact Bob Belford (rebelford@ualr.edu) or David Wild (djwild@indiana.edu) if you are interested or desire further information.

Up Coming ConfChem Conferences

Flipped Classroom

April & May 2014

Among educational practice there has been significant attention on the flipped classroom, which is an innovative pedagogical method used by K-12 to college and university educators.  There are many different approaches to implementing a flipped classroom.  In particular, some educators pre-record lectures of themselves presenting material, others use screen casts to convey information to students before attending class in order to facilitate more peer-to-peer learning, and some teachers use a flipped classroom approach that does not involve videos.  Ultimately, the shift in learning is focused on changing the classroom from passive to active. 

The purpose of the symposium is to present papers on the flipped classroom and its development of flipped learning.  Although some authors are invited to discuss the technical aspects of the flipped classroom, the focus of our symposium will be about how teachers use the face-to-face class time gained by changing from a completely lecture based classroom.  Please join the discussion during this symposium as we explore the wide variety of approaches with the authors and other members of the chemical education and flipped classroom communities.

Additional notes:

We would like to include a mixture of invited and contributed presentations.  We plan to solicit papers from individuals that we know have had success teaching in a flipped classroom.  We will advertise the conference among both the chemical education community and the flipped classroom community.  If we have more submissions than we can accommodate in a 4-6 week ConfChem, we will invite some individuals to present in a symposium at the 2014 BCCE.

Co-organizers:

Chris Luker, Highland Local Schools (cluker@highlandschools.org)
Jennifer Muzyka, Centre College (jennifer.muzyka@centre.edu)

Relevant Dates

January 1, 2014                      Titles and abstracts (300-500 words) due
April 15, 2014                         Full papers due
May 9, 2014                           Conference starts


 

ConfChem Online Conference

 

Interactive Visualizations for Chemistry Teaching and Learning

May & June, 2015

Visualizations in chemistry education – animations and simulations – provide powerful resources to support students’ conceptual understanding, as well as the representational fluency needed to envision the particulate level world, communicate through chemical symbols, and make connections to the observable world. Advances in technology and access to technology in classrooms have allowed for increasingly interactive visualizations to emerge. With the rise of the tablet, putting interactive visualizations in the hands of students creates tremendous opportunities for engagement with pedagogically rich interactions and interfaces as well as challenges for visualization design and understanding of student learning.

For this virtual conference, we seek submissions focused on the following components of research into educational interactive visualizations for chemistry:

 

  • Design. What challenges have been faced when designing interactive visualizations, and what has been learned so far? What are emerging design principles that meet the needs of teachers and students of chemistry?
  • Learning. What is known about how students learn from specific components of interactive visualizations? What research methodologies and assessment techniques provide insight into student learning with visualizations?

 

After the conference, contributors will have the option of submitting communications of their papers to the JCE ConfChem Feature for peer review. 
 
Anyone interested in submitting a paper should contact Emily Moore at the University of Colorado, emily.moore@colorado.edu.

Relevant Dates:

January 15, 2015                     Titles and abstracts due (1 page maximum)
March 15, 2015                       Full papers due
May 8, 2015                            Conference starts

 

 

Symposia and Workshops

During 2014 the CCCE is organizing the following symposia and workshops related to the use of computers in chemical education. Please contact Bob Belford, at rebelford@ualr.edu if you have a workshop/symposia or other type of announcement dealing with the use of computers in chemical education that you would like to post on this site.  Discussions to these can occur on the CCCE Forums devoted to Symposium and Workshops

 

247th ACS National Meeting, March 14-20, 2014 Dallas, Texas

  • Mobile Devices, Augmented Reality, and The Mobile Chemistry Classroom
    Organizers: Harry E. Pence & Antony J. Williams

Abstract: Web-enabled mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers are now in the hands of the majority of students in the classroom and already have shown inroads into the teaching and learning process. Since most students always carry their smartphones, these devices provide constant access to web pages, podcasts, videos, and other instructional materials during lectures. Mobile devices are also a powerful vehicle for both markered and markerless augmented reality applications. While such devices may be seen as a significant source of distraction some teacher are starting to maximize the utility of these powerful learning devices while dealing with the challenge of minimizing the opportunities for students' minds to wander onto Facebook, other social networking sites and text/emailing. This symposium invites presentations that will review the present successes of the mobile-based classroom and discuss what the future may bring.

International Conference on Chemistry Education (ICCE), Toronto, Canada, July 13-18, 2014 

Symposium


Abstract:  This symposium seeks presentations on resources that can be obtained over the Internet, and ways they can be utilized for the teaching and learning of chemistry. We are seeking presentations that address perspectives of development and implementation of web based technologies. Topics such as how the open access nature of the web, and how social networking and semantic web technologies are influencing chemical education are also encouraged. The objective of this symposium is to provide educators and developers opportunities to share resources and experiences. This symposium is sponsored by the ACS-CHED Committee on Computers in Chemical Education, http://www.ccce.divched.org/.

 

Workshop:

  • Using PhET Interactive Simulations to Support Chemistry Learning Workshop
    Organizers: Yuen-ying Carpenter, and Emily B. Moore, University of Colorado Boulder, contact Emily.Moore@Colorado.EDU for further information. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop (preferred) or tablet to the workshop, if possible.

Abstract: The PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder develops free online interactive simulations designed to promote student engagement, exploration, and inquiry (http://phet.colorado.edu/). The existing suite of over 30 chemistry simulations supports students from middle school to undergraduate levels in developing conceptual models of macroscopic and microscopic phenomena through inquiry. In this workshop, participants will explore several PhET simulations. We will introduce the research-based design of PhET simulations, and strategies for effective use for teaching and learning – highlighting specific teaching approaches that target common student difficulties and scaffold student understanding. Participants will then work in small groups to discuss how different uses of PhET simulations can address a variety of learning goals in the classroom, lecture, or laboratory. Additionally, we will provide guidance and feedback to participants for writing effective questions and activities around PhET simulation use that will allow them to integrate these unique tools into their learning environment.

 

Abstract: This “hands on” workshop will provide chemistry teachers an opportunity to gain experience with the ChemCollective Virtual Laboratory (http://www.chemcollective.org) and ways to use this free software in their classrooms and labs. This Java-based Virtual Laboratory allows students to design and carry out their own experiments. Participants will learn how to incorporate any of the nearly 100 existing experiments into their class as either homework or pre/post lab activities. Training with the authoring capabilities will also be provided so that interested participants can develop activities for their own needs. An overview of results from research on learning in the virtual lab will be provided to aid instructors in using the lab in ways that are most effective for learning. Other materials freely available in the ChemCollective, including scenario-based learning activities and online tutorials, will also be covered in the workshop.

 

  • Navigating an Internet of Chemistry via ChemSpider and other Cheminformatics Services for Educators
    Organizers: Antony J. Williams & Robert E. Belford, WilliamsA@rsc.org, rebelford@ualr.edu

Abstract: The internet has provided new global portals to chemical information and this hands-on workshop will introduce educators to the Royal Society of Chemistry’s numerous eScience projects including Chemspider, an online chemical information and curation service utilizing web 2.0 technologies and the Learn Chemistry website for educators and students. Participants will acquire accounts within ChemSpider, learn several compound search techniques to perform compound structure and substructure based searches, and search methods employing structural drawing packages.  Participants will gain an understanding of the ChemSpider data curation services, how to upload and obtain spectral and other data over the internet, and how they can use these in their classrooms for teaching purposes. They will also learn how gaming can be wrapped around chemistry data for the purpose of teaching and data curation. Participants will also be introduced to an international intercollegiate OnLine Cheminformatics course that they can offer at their home institution in the Fall of 2015. This workshop is sponsored by the ACS DivCHED Committee on Computers in Chemical Education and further information can be obtained at http://www.ccce.divched.org/ICCE2014Workshops .

 

Biennial Conference on Chemical Education,  (BCCE) Grand Valley State University, August 3-7, 2014.

Symposium:

  • Flipped Classroom
    Organizers: Chris Luker & Jennifer Muzyka, cluker@highlandschools.org, jennifer.muzyka@centre.edu

    Abstract:  The flipped classroom is a new hybrid model of teaching that allows active engagement between students and faculty members during class time, usually through the use of technological tools to present lecture material to students before the concepts are discussed in class.  Recently there has been significant media attention on the flipped classroom, which is an innovative pedagogical method used by educators ranging from elementary school through colleges and universities.  There are many different technological tools used to implement this pedagogical method.  In particular, some educators pre-record lectures of themselves presenting material, others use screen casts to convey information to students before attending class in order to facilitate more peer-to-peer learning, and some teachers use a flipped classroom approach that does not involve videos.  Ultimately, the shift in learning is focused on changing the classroom from passive to active.  The focus of our symposium will be about how teachers use the face-to-face class time gained by changing from a completely lecture based classroom.  This symposium is sponsored by the CHED Committee on Computers in Chemical Education.

 

  • Web-Based Resources for Chemical Education

Organizers: Robert E. Belford, John H. Penn & Jonathan H. Gutow, rebelford@ualr.edu,  John.Penn@mail.wvu.eduGutow@uwosh.edu

Abstract:  This symposium seeks presentations on resources that can be obtained over the Internet, and ways they can be utilized for the teaching and learning of chemistry. We are seeking presentations that address perspectives of development and implementation of web based technologies, and their applications to classroom, hybrid and online learning environments. Topics such as the application of mobile devices, and how social networking and semantic web technologies are influencing chemical education are also encouraged. The objective of this symposium is to provide educators and developers opportunities to share resources and experiences. This symposium is sponsored by the ACS CHED Committee on Computers in Chemical Education, http://www.ccce.divched.org/.


 

Workshop:

  • PhET Interactive Simulations supporting materials: Develop inquiry-based learning activities 

Organizer: Julia Chamberlain, julia.m.chamberlain@colorado.edu.


Abstract: The PhET Interactive Simulations project (http://phet.colorado.edu) has developed over 30 chemistry simulations (sims), which support student learning through scientist-like exploration and experimentation.  Sims make the invisible visible, incorporate multiple representations, and emphasize connections between real life phenomena and the underlying science. PhET sims are designed to be flexible tools, and can be used for classroom demonstrations, clicker questions, guided inquiry activities, laboratory exercises, and homework.  In each context, the supporting materials (eg. an activity sheet) can target specific process and content learning goals using the sims.  In this workshop, participants will use guidelines and existing activities to develop supporting materials and facilitation plans to couple with sims in their teaching.  This workshop is appropriate for those new to PhET, as well as seasoned sim users looking to design and receive feedback on new supporting materials.  This symposium is sponsored by the ACS CHED Committee on Computers in Chemical Education, http://www.ccce.divched.org/.

 




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