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Saturday, March 19 • 11:00am - 11:45am
Experiments First—Using Technology to Transform an Undergraduate Chemistry Classroom

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This session shows how Philip Bevilacqua (an admitted tech novice) learned to leverage technology in a freshman-level honors chemistry course to engage students in a deeper understanding of chemistry and get them excited about applying chemistry to problems in their particular major. The goal was to redesign the course, putting experiments first, which allowed students to grapple with the actual construction of molecular models based on hands-on demos. At the heart of the course, screencasts coupled with real demos/experiments established a visual basis for various phenomena.

The presenters will explain ways to layer information into YouTube videos: real-life demonstrations/experiments with use of zooming and slow-mo, explanations by active sketches of molecules, voice dubbing as needed, and YouTube-level annotations, which can be hidden by the viewer, to provide metacognitive analysis. Learners are guided on several levels and can slow down or pause the presentation to help digest the material. Simpler uses of screencasts, such as "flipping" portions of the class or explaining problem solving techniques, will also be presented and used to show how even complex material can be made accessible to the student. Ways to assure engagement of the student in learning from the screencasts, such as entry into notebooks and involvement in pre-lecture assessments and quizzes, will be discussed.

The presenters will engage in discussion about the journey from exploration to implementation to lessons learned and will help others brainstorm ways they can implement such strategies. If one chemistry instructor can do it, so can you!

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Melissa Hicks

Director, Office of Digital Learning, Pennsylvania State University
I'm in charge of the Office of Digital Learning at the Eberly College of Science. I manage the portfolio of World Campus courses, as well as bridge over into digital initiatives in residential instruction. I am about bringing the right people to the table in order to get the job done. I love social networks, bassets, and ELMSLN. Make sure to say "Hi!"

Saturday March 19, 2016 11:00am - 11:45am
Room 105

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