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Program Management System - 21st BCCE - The ChemCollective: Virtual Labs, Tutors and Scenario-based Learning for Introductory Chemistry

Workshop Title: The ChemCollective: Virtual Labs, Tutors and Scenario-based Learning for Introductory Chemistry
Descrption: Workshop attendees will get hands on experience with educational materials in the ChemCollective (http://www.chemcollective.org) digital library. These materials cover high school, AP and introductory college chemistry. Our virtual lab is a flexible Java applet that allows students to design and carry out their own experiments. Over a hundred virtual lab activities are available that help students connect the algebraic manipulations of the traditional introductory course with authentic chemistry. Tool for authoring virtual labs are also available and over a third of our current labs were contributed by the community. Our scenario based learning activities help students connect chemistry to the real world. These include a murder mystery, detection of arsenic in drinking water, and dyes that stain DNA. A set of tutorials is also available covering stoichiometry and chemical equilibrium. The chemical equilibrium tutorials were based on over two years of research on what makes chemical equilibrium so difficult to teach and learn. The tutorials implement a new teaching strategy that our evaluation studies have found to more than double student performance on difficult equilibrium problems.
Program: 21st BCCE
Leader: David Yaron
CoLeaders: Michael Karabinos
Commercial: We would like this to be an exhibitor funded workshop. We are a non-commercial organization.
Number of times to offer workshop: 1
Day: half day
Fee: FREE (The ChemCollective will pay for the workshop expenses)
Minimum Participants: 0
Maximum Participants: 35
Room: GAB 550
Space: We would like the workshop to occur in a computer lab.
Computer: We can provide a projector if one is not available.
Demo: This is a software presentaiton. No chemicals will be used.
Extra Information: Audience: College and Pre-College introductory chemistry teachers.
Itemized Expenses: Besides the cost for use of computer facilities (if any), there are no additional expenses for this workshop beyond the 10$ administrative fee.

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