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Recently, OpenStax posted an interview with three professors (including two authors from our community) about flipping their classes. It's very interesting and helpful to see their responses side-by-side - enjoy!
Doug Schirch teaches chemistry at Goshen College in Indiana. Recently, he wrote:
I've been following your helpful website since about the beginning of the
year, when I started flipping the second half our GOB course for nursing
So, it's really been an interesting summer. A couple of updates on some very cool science education projects:
#1. The Lightboard Project
If you're thinking about attending an education conference this year, Kennesaw State University (Atlanta, GA area) is hosting ChemEd 2015, July 28-Aug 1 of this year. Here's a link to their site:
and to their detailed program:
This summer, our college is building a lightboard studio. Our talented instrument maker/craftsman constructed the board, and now we're working out the lighting/filming/acoustic issues. If you're interested in doing this in your department, here is a very useful website from Michael Peshkin at Northwestern University. His website describes all the ins-and-outs of creating a lightboard, from construction, lighting, layout, electronics, software, etc. I've attached his promo video below, so you can see what his design looks like:
The current course
Since Fall 2012, I have flipped my Analytical Chemistry course with self-made videos, and using (mostly) workshops from the ANA-POGIL project1 in-class. To date, the class performances have been good (cum. average 26.1 s.d. 5.3 vs. national average 27.52 s.d. 7.08), especially considering that:
For many of us, the school year has given way to summer - with a little time to take care of projects and plan for the fall semester. For June & July, FlippedChemistry is going to move the newsletter cycle to once every three weeks. We'll continue to post ideas and articles as they come available - and will plan to ramp back up to full speed in August.
Meanwhile - if you have an article, and idea, or a resource that you'd like to share - please contact us! It's always good to get new authors, new perspectives, and new resources.