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Designing a Flipped Classroom Video Backbone

In her recent blog article, “How do students feel about flipped classes”, Katherine Miller suggests that students will feel more comfortable in this new type of classroom when there is significant predictability and structure. We completely concur and believe that every flipped classroom must have a backbone that is coherent and closely tied to the course learning outcomes and grading expectations of the students.

The First Time Through

A video how-to for NMR processing

Our Chemistry Department at Murray State has a 90-MHz Anasazi NMR that we use in the organic teaching labs. It’s a terrific instrument, and I’ve wanted to enable students to be more hands-on in acquiring and processing spectra. When students do their own integration and peak-picking (rather than just getting a printout), they get a better sense of the process involved, and even some of the uncertainty that goes into assigning values.

My little girl leaves for college

My daughter loaded up the Toyota and left for college this week. I could have sworn I took this picture sometime last summer. I hope and pray she will have a great college experience.

Anyway, here's a "thank you" to all of you who put in long hours to make your classes great, and who go out of your way to help your students along. I hope you have a wonderful semester.

A Course Redesign for General Chemistry

Early in my professional career, I knew that I wanted an active-learning classroom, loosely aligned with the Problem-Based Learning (PBL), Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL), and Peer-led Team Learning (PLTL) domains. I worked in as many group-based board problems as possible, and spent about one day per chapter on problem-solving workshops. However, this came at a price: To carve out this time, I found myself rushing through the lecture topics, and students were only occasionally completing the more challenging problems in each workshop.

New resource for organic chemistry educators sponsored by NSF

This week at BCCE I learned about a new NSF-sponsored initiative called Organic Educational Resources, which is essentially a curated, shared resources site much like our own Flipped Chemistry Tools & Resources section. On the organicERs website, professors can share their own materials (tests, questions, assignments, etc.) as well as draw on materials from others. It looks like a great resource for test questions.