12 Jan 2015

A (monthly) community challenge

Submitted by Barbara Reisner, James Madison University

One of the Leadership Council's New Year’s resolutions for 2015 is to get the IONiC community more involved with small projects on VIPEr.

It may be the first day of class, but my first inorganic exam is already coming up (January 28). We thought it would be fun to get some great exam questions on the website in time for everyone's first exam. Exam questions are easy to write and post (as problem sets). We’d love it if you participate in our first-ever exam question challenge.

2 Jan 2015

Insider Info

Submitted by Flo, Slytherin' State

Most of the leadership council of VIPEr is currently in Tampa, Florida. They are having a 'project meeting'. Honestly, I thought that was just an excuse for them to go some place warm, but they really are working. Our host is Jeff Raker at the University of South Florida. Jeff has been helping us analyze the data from the user surveys that you filled out a little while ago. The day started with a coffee stop (first picture). Contrary to popular belief, we are not sponsored by a certain Seattle-based coffee house. Our first morning was spent working on redesigning the site.

3 Dec 2014

Is it really the end of the semester?

Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

Where did it go? It has been a roller coaster fall for the members of the leadership council, one we will never forget. But time continues to march forward. So, for our last BITeS post for 2014, I thought I would tell you a little bit about some of the exciting happenings with VIPEr. First of all, I think I should provide the 'answer' to our current poll. The answer is that there are registered faculty users of VIPEr in 36 countries around the world! It was quite a bit of work, but also a lot of fun to map this out.

20 Nov 2014

What immortal hand or eye, Could frame thy fearful symmetry?- Wm. Blake

Submitted by Sheila Smith, University of Michigan- Dearborn

I used to think that I was a creative teacher… and I probably was/am… but the resources on VIPEr have opened my eyes to what true creativity can be…especially when you’re not afraid to let your students have a little fun with the science.

25 Oct 2014

Salutations de ISSOTL!

Submitted by Hilary Eppley, DePauw University

Chip, Joanne, and I are spending a blustery fall break in Québec City connecting with the SoTL community for the 14th annual International Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference (ISSOTL 14).  We’re excited to be sharing some of the things we’ve learned from the VIPEr community and workshops with this broader education and faculty development audience.

13 Oct 2014

Read any good books lately?

Submitted by Elizabeth Jamieson, Smith College

This is a question that has been asked and answered from time to time on VIPEr.  Back in 2008, Hilary Eppley stared a forum post to ask people for suggestions on fun science reading over the semester break.  This turned out to be a very popular thread that yielded many good titles for my reading list.  We’ve had people post in forums about books they’ve used to highlight the historical aspects of chemistry, and we even

6 Oct 2014

On being a scientist, a feminist, and a mentor…

Some of my primary childhood passions were natural disasters, math, and cooking. I ran the baking soda and vinegar experiment over and over again, gleefully causing the “lava” to overflow down the sides of the volcano I had made in a pottery class. I even added red food coloring for a more realistic touch.


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