A LO show-and-tell event during our next SLiThEr!

Submitted by Anthony L. Fernandez / Merrimack College on Fri, 07/31/2020 - 12:11

Next week, Kari Stone (Lewis University) and Anthony Fernandez (Merrimack College) will facilitate a discussion about their favorite LOs and how they use these LOs in their courses. Come prepared to talk about your favorites as well or ask others for suggestions to help you teach a particular topic. Join us on Zoom on Thursday, August 6th at 4 pm EDT (GMT-4) for this fifth VIPEr SLiThEr (Supporting Learning with Interactive Teaching: a Hosted, Engaging Roundtable) event.

Polyhedron issue focused on undergraduate research

Submitted by Chip Nataro / Lafayette College on Wed, 07/29/2020 - 14:40

It is hard for me to believe that five years ago I was writing up a manuscript for submission to a special issue of Polyhedron focused on undergraduate research. Jared Paul of Villanova University and Rob LaDuca of Michigan State served as guest editors for this issue. Their initial goal was an issue with around 25 papers. They shattered that goal putting together a collection of 63 papers!

Impact of flipping on diversity and inclusivity

Submitted by Faculty Flo / Slitherin' State University on Sat, 07/25/2020 - 07:36

Join us on Thursday July 30th at 2 pm eastern (GMT-4) for the fourth VIPEr SLiThEr (Supporting Learning with Interactive Teaching: a Hosted, Engaging Roundtable) event. Our roundtable host this week will be Caroline Saouma of the University of Utah. The event will begin with a ~30-minute presentation by Caroline followed by a period of discussion and reflection for all participants.

Flipping your curriculum (instead of flipping out)

Submitted by Anne Bentley / Lewis & Clark College on Fri, 07/17/2020 - 09:39

Feeling anxious about the upcoming fall term?  Not sure how to plan a course that could ping-pong between in person and remote learning?  Consider adopting the flipped classroom approach, in which content is delivered asynchronously and "in class" time (whether that is in person or remote) is used for problem-solving activities. 

A 'traditional' course in an online environment

Submitted by Chip Nataro / Lafayette College on Sun, 07/12/2020 - 08:21

Last week we launched a new community feature, SLiThEr (Supporting Learning with Interactive Teaching: a Hosted, Engaging Roundtable). Kyle Grice hosted this first event on converting labs to being virtual. We had a wonderful attendance, and if you weren't able to attend you can catch the whole thing on our youtube channel.

You Belong Here: You Care About Your Students, So Tell Them

Submitted by Michelle Personick / Wesleyan University on Wed, 07/08/2020 - 12:47

This past week at the second workshop for the Cohort 1 VIPEr Fellows we had some really great conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion. In my breakout group, one of the topics of discussion was ideas for how to make students feel welcome in our classrooms: what were the little things we could start to do that might make a big difference? One specific point a group member noted was that we all care about our students, but the students don’t always recognize that because we don’t necessarily tell them directly.

The Global Inorganic Discussion Weekday (GIDW)

Submitted by Faculty Flo / Slitherin' State University on Sat, 07/04/2020 - 10:03

The Global Inorganic Discussion Weekday (GIDW) is a virtual inorganic chemistry symposium series organized and co-hosted by Saurabh Chitnis (Dalhousie University) and Marcus Drover (University of Windsor).

Converting your current labs to be virtual

Submitted by Faculty Flo / Slitherin' State University on Thu, 06/25/2020 - 16:06

As the fall approaches, it seems more likely that there will be at least some need for virtual labs this fall. When we first faced this problem in the spring of 2020, there was a need...a need for speed. With no planning time we had to get some kind of lab experience put together quickly. You did a great job! But now that we have a little more time to think about this, you might be wondering how you can do it better. 

Community Engagement: Creating Inclusive Learning Spaces in Chemistry

Submitted by Sibrina Collins / Marburger STEM Center (MSC) at Lawrence Technological University on Wed, 06/24/2020 - 18:26

The Leadership Council (LC) of IONiC, the online community of inorganic chemistry educators, recently published a strong statement on moving the needle with diversity, equity and inclusion in the chemical sciences.[1] The LC of IONiC wrote, “We, as inorganic chemists, come from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to form one community. One benefit of the diversity is that we, by working together and learning from each other, become better educators and researchers.