The VIPEr Fellows project was supported by a 5-year grant from the National Science Foundation’s Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program. A primary project goal was to develop, test, and refine a flexible, foundation-level inorganic chemistry course.
The grant supported three cohorts of twenty faculty who each developed their own “VIPEr-ized” foundation-level inorganic chemistry. Through classroom observations, analysis of student work, surveys of students, and interviews with faculty, we generated data on how changes in the classroom affect student learning, interest, and motivation. The project also investigated how IONiC may encourage the adoption of evidence-based classroom practices.
While the VIPEr Fellows project is concluding, IONiC will continue our summer faculty development workshops, where we develop new learning objects, grow the community, and have a lot of fun!