On-Line CONFCHEM Conference Spring 2006
Tools for performing organic reaction mechanisms over the web by John H. Penn, Christoph Steinbeck, and Ada Casares. Discussion of this paper is scheduled to begin on June 9, 2006
Purdue University, July 30 - August 3, 2006
Lessons Learned in Web Delivery of Organic Chemistry by John H. Penn, August 2, 2006, 3:30 PM
An experimental web-based delivery of organic chemistry was performed. The class was run side-by-side with a traditional lecture class performance. Attendance data, performance data, and a broad range of additional data will be compared in this presentation to evaluate the effectiveness of the web-based delivery of organic chemistry.
Tools for performing organic reaction mechanisms over the web by John H. Penn, Christoph Steinbeck, and Ada Casares, July 31, 2006, 11:15 AM
Web-based instructional methods have shown constant advancements in recent years. In the world of organic chemistry, on-line structure drawing has become possible through a variety of applets and 3-D visualization techniques are beginning to become highly commonplace. The next mountain to be climbed is that of drawing organic reaction mechanisms, and then to have the computer evaluate its correctness. This contribution will focus on the progress towards that goal and the various techniques that might be used to help students draw and to understand reaction mechanisms.
Early predictors of performance in organic chemistry: Who will survive and who will not survive by John H. Penn and Byron Bennett, July 31, 2006, 3:25 PM
A key goal in education is to improve the performance of students in a class. An important part of this goal would be to identify those students, where the performance is at risk at the earliest possible point in a class, so that appropriate interventions could be provided to these students. Use of the WE_LEARN system allows identification of at-risk students, even as early as 1-2 weeks into the class. Data from two classrooms will be presented and discussed for their accuracy in predicting problem students.
A Picture is worth a thousand words: Web-based prelabs by John H. Penn and Abdulrahman Al-Shammari, August 1, 2006, Poster Session 12:30-1:30 PM
The ease of generating digitized pictures and their subsequent manipulation has allowed for easy generation of pre-laboratory materials for student usage. Not surprisingly, students prefer these pre-laboratory materials, compared to the traditional textbooks, by a wide margin. This talk will be illustrated with examples and how easy it is to generate such materials via Powerpoint or equivalent software. Application to student performance and to student learning will be made.
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