Tagged: Online resources

My Education in Chemistry blog posts

Jun 19, 2015 | | Say something

A lot of my bloggery is now on the Education in Chemistry blog, and this post will keep a running table of contents of my posts there: 26. We are failing our students and society: what do students who are leaving us to pursue other careers leave with? Shouldn’t we give them some chemistry useful for [...more]

Lack of literature on flipped lecture rooms

Apr 16, 2013 |

Compiling literature on flipped/inverted classrooms for higher education isn’t easy. A lot of returns are of the “I couldn’t believe my ears!” type blog, which is fine for what it is, but not an academic study. Yet more literature, typically of the Chronicle or Educause type, tends to say flipped classrooms are great, and they lead on [...more]

A Guide for Students on Preparing Posters in Chemistry

Apr 15, 2013 |

A student guide on Preparing a student poster in chemistry and a video on how to prepare student posters in chemistry. We have found posters a great way to engage students in a topic relevant to their degree specialism. CLick on HD for higher quality… Related Posts:My Education in Chemistry blog postsThe Application of Technology to Enhance Chemistry [...more]

The Application of Technology to Enhance Chemistry Education

Sep 3, 2012 | | Say something

Call for Papers Contributions are invited for a themed, peer-reviewed issue of CERP on The Application of Technology to Enhance Chemistry Education which is scheduled for publication Autumn 2013. Guest Editors: Michael K Seery and Claire McDonnell. Topics for contribution may include but are not limited to:  Blended learning to support ‘traditional’ instruction (e.g. online [...more]

Variety in Chemistry Education Meeting, 2012

Sep 1, 2012 | | Say something

Variety in Chemistry Education is one of my favourite conferences which I attend annually (2010 and 2011 reports here). This year’s meeting was held along with the Physics Higher Education Conference, providing the catchy Twitter hashtag #vicephec. The meeting was opened with a keynote by Prof Martyn Poliakoff, inorganic chemist from Nottingham, but better known [...more]

Showing Worked Examples in Blackboard Quizzes

May 21, 2012 | | 2 comments

I’ve been thinking of ways to include worked examples and hints in Blackboard VLE quizzes. Cognitive Load theory has something called the Worked Example effect, whereby learners who receive direct instruction in the form of worked examples perform better than those who don’t. The reason is attributed to providing novice learners with an approach to [...more]

8th Irish Variety in Chemistry Teaching Meeting

May 16, 2012 | | Say something

DIT played host to the 8th Irish Variety in Chemistry Teaching meeting, modelled on the very successful UK Variety in Chemistry Education (ViCE) meeting on Thursday May 10th. There was a workshop in the morning covering two aspects of technology in chemistry teaching; using wikis, by Claire McDonnell, who demonstrated how to set up, edit [...more]

Heat of Reaction (Calorimetry) Video

Mar 15, 2012 | | Say something

Here’s a video made to explain the concepts of reaction calorimetry carried out in school/early undergrad chemistry. It’s a simple experiment, but students sometimes find the calculations hard, especially in relation to heat loss to the calorimeter. Related Posts:Lack of literature on flipped lecture roomsVariety in Chemistry Education Meeting, 2012Showing Worked Examples in Blackboard Quizzes

Making and Characterising Silver Nanoparticles

Jan 25, 2012 | | 1 comment

Here’s a video demonstration of how to make silver nanoparticles, and change their colour easily by adding silver ion to a seed solution. Colour is monitored by UV/visible spectroscopy and some particle sizing is done by dynamic light scattering and TEM (transmission electron microscopy). This is a short overview video of a much larger interactive [...more]

Using WordPress for E-Portfolios

Jan 6, 2012 | | 3 comments

The Resource Pack aims to show how WordPress web publishing platform (WordPress.org) can be a useful tool in creating and presenting e-portfolios. It aims to show what can be done technically to integrate various elements of an e-portfolio: the documentation of learning, conversation with peers and tutors, and presentation of the ‘product’ for assessment and/or feedback.[Jan 2012]

My experiences of teaching online: A case study

Jan 5, 2012 | | Say something

My paper on taking a module that was taught in class and moved online has been published in CERP (free to access). The paper aims to share my own experiences in teaching a module online so that others considering this approach might find some information of use. The paper is set against a background of [...more]

E-learning (dis)traction

Jun 14, 2011 | | 6 comments

I think the start of my teaching career coincided with the rise of the VLE. Early on, I remember being told about these new learning environments and the array of tools that would help student learning. Encouraged, in the nicest possible way, to upload material and use the institution’s expensive new toy, many lecturers complied [...more]

Micropublishing E-books for Higher Education

Feb 28, 2011 | | 12 comments

The usual hype about new e-toys is familiar territory with e-books. Writing in 2008, before Kindle was launched (bK), Mark Nelson was writing in Educause that ‘some experts predict 2007 – 2009 will be the transition years for the higher education e-book market’. Obviously this hasn’t happened here, but HE publishers are gearing up for [...more]

Pre-Lecture Resources Webinar 26 Jan 2011

Jan 24, 2011 | | 3 comments

I’ll be giving a webinar as part of the fantastic Sligo IT webinar series this Wednesday at lunchtime. You can register and find out more here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1135441135. The webinar will cover some of the work I’ve done on my Teaching Fellowship on the area of pre-lecture resources. It’ll be my first webinar – I’m quite [...more]

Using Pre-Lecture Resources in your Teaching

Jan 10, 2011 | | 2 comments
Using Pre-Lecture Resources in your teaching

Much of my study on educational research this year has focussed on Pre-Lecture Resources, working with Dr Roisin Donnelly at DIT’s Learning Teaching and Technology Centre and my colleague Dr Claire Mc Donnell. I’ve turned into something of an evangelist for pre-lecture resources, so in order to spread the good word, I have prepared this [...more]

Podcasting and screencasting for supporting lectures

Dec 12, 2010 | | 2 comments
Podcasting and Screencasting for Supporting Lectures

Prompted by my visit to Edinburgh next week to the “More Effective Lectures” workshop, I have compiled several blog posts and bits and pieces of other writing into a Resource Pack that I hope might be useful to other practitioners entitled: “Podcasting and screencasting for supporting lectures“. The resource is a PDF file and is [...more]

YouTube: Acquiring a UV/visible spectrum; choosing cells and solvents

Dec 6, 2010 | | Say something

This video shows how to acquire a UV/vis spectrum and demonstrates the different types of cells and solvents that can be used – showing the absorbance ranges for each. Funding from DIT and the NDLR gratefully acknowledged. Related Posts:Using Pre-Lecture Resources in your TeachingIodine Clock – Pre-Lab ActivityDemonstration of the iodine clock experiment

Iodine Clock – Pre-Lab Activity

Dec 2, 2010 | | Say something

This is an Articulate interaction which incorporates video demonstrations the various aspects of the iodine clock experiment and then has a quiz towards the end. This could be used as a pre-lab activity, where students could print out their response to the quiz and bring it to the lab, or alternatively link the quiz to [...more]

Demonstration of the iodine clock experiment

Dec 1, 2010 | | 3 comments
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This experiment demonstrates the iodine clock reaction between iodide and persulfate ions, using thiosulfate as the ‘clock’. After some introduction details, three experiments are performed: studying the effect of concentration to determine the orders of reactants (3:01), studying the effect of temperature to determine the activation energy (7:47) and studying the effect of solvent polarity [...more]

Teaching Fellowship Launch Presentation

Oct 11, 2010 | | Say something

The DIT 2010-2011 Teaching Fellowships were launched on 23rd September 2010, and each recipient of a Fellowship gave a presentation on the work they plan to do. It was really nice to see what others plan to do; there was a lot of variety and a lot of overlap at the same time. My presentation [...more]