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Quick Lab Videos Using Office Mix

This semester, I'm working on pre-lab videos for our organic 1 sequence. I've done a couple of short "how-to" videos in lab using just my phone. I like using Camtasia for video editing, but it accepts a limited number of file types, and I can't embed the quicktime video from my phone directly into Camtasia. I assume others have encountered this challenge as well, and I wanted to share two solutions - one a bit cleaner, and one a bit quicker:


Last (academic) year, I wrote about our controlled comparison of lecture and flipped courses in our non-majors General Chemistry program, which I called the Flipped Classroom Project at Marquette. Our goal was to test the flipped classroom in a large enrollment first year chemistry course. Our approach pushed lecture content outside of the class using short (13 min on avg.) videos, and one 75 min face-to-face discussion was held each week, led by the instructor and TA.

Reaching Students: What Research Says About Effective Instruction in Undergraduate Science and Engineering

  • Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Cathy Welder at Dartmouth just sent me a link with a brief review:

I thought the Flipped Chemistry crowd might want to know about this book. I'm halfway through a hard copy and LOVE it. Great info on many types of active learning.

The book, entitled, Reaching Students: What Research Says About Effective Instruction in Undergraduate Science and Engineering. is available for purchase as a hard copy, but also as a free PDF through the National Academy Press website:

The Flipped Classroom: What Students Do To Help Themselves

I polled the students in my flipped General Chemistry II class to see what they found useful for their studies. At the beginning of the Spring 2015 semester, we made a list of things they could do to help themselves learn chemistry. At the end of the semester I asked them to rate the things that we discussed. Here are some of the results. This post is a follow up to my earlier post The Flipped Classroom: To Video or Not to Video.

Tools for In-Class Annotation

Most chemistry classes, including mine, rely heavily on in-class annotations. To do this, instructors need an annotation tool that integrates smoothly with the flow of class. Here is a brief review of several tools I've tried:

Back to School Night

Last week, my youngest son started high school, and I was pleased to discover that several of his teachers use a flipped model and/or video components. I was pleased to see his geometry teacher's website, available here. He has all of the lessons for the year mapped out for geometry and for calculus. I wish my materials were as well organized.

It's been fun to watch Joshua working through the video content - He'll pause the video, jot down answers to the assigned questions, resume - I think it's going to be a great year.