Help Getting teaching 2nd Semester Advananced Inorganic

Submitted by Lary / Wright State University on Fri, 01/15/2021 - 12:44

I am just starting teaching our 2nd semester Advanced Inorganic chemistry Course.  Essentially, the only information I received from my predecessor is that we use Miessler and teach chapters 10,11, 12,13, and 14.  I have the slides from the publisher.  Students have all had P.Chem. and the first semester Chapters 1-9 and are mostly seniors.


Need help with mechanism based research ideas for senior inorganic lab.

Submitted by Tim Herzog / Weber State University on Mon, 12/21/2020 - 10:32

In my senior level inorganic lab, I've tried to incorporate full semester research projects.  Since I love synthesis, I have tended to assign synthetic projects.  Students have learned a lot during these experiences, but there are the obvious challenges of multistep synthetic work in a 3 hour a week lab. I'd like to try to develop projects that are more mechanistic in nature, but am struggling to come up with ideas that are both compelling and achievable.  We will be working in lab this spring with social distancing and some restrictions, but should be able to do all the things we normally


NSF proposal on teaching/learning symmetry information

Submitted by Sam Pazicni / University of Wisconsin -- Madison on Fri, 10/30/2020 - 20:06

Hello! Maia Popova ( and I ( are putting together an NSF IUSE proposal to investigate student learning of molecular symmetry and how classroom practices influence this learning. We would greatly appreciate if VIPEr members would consider one or both of the following requests:


SLiThEr video and topic requests

Submitted by Kyle Grice / DePaul University on Tue, 07/14/2020 - 13:16

Hi All,

Our first SLiThEr (Supporting Learning with Interactive Teaching: a Hosted, Engaging, Roundtable) was a success. The topic was teaching lab online with little prep time.

If you didn't get to attend here's the link to the recorded video.

Also, there is an upcoming SLiTher scheduled for this thursday. It will be about teaching a traditional lecture course online and we hope you can come join the discussion! 

Here's the registration link


Web cams for online teaching and lab

Submitted by Tom Clayton / Knox College on Thu, 03/19/2020 - 11:58

I'm looking for reccomendations for affordable and versatile web cams that would capture verything from written text on a whiteboard to color and phase changes in an Ehrlenmeyer flask.  Suggestions for products that have worked for you would be very much appreciated as I gear up fast for an entire online Inorganic Chemistry experience.   Thanks! 


Interactive Virtual labs anyone?

Submitted by Anna Larsen / Ithaca College on Mon, 03/16/2020 - 15:17


With everyone going to forced online teaching - 

Does anyone know of a good free source for *interactive* virtual labs for intro organic chemistry?  Such as soap synthesis? Phenacetine synthesis?

Also - good video for those labs would be very helpful....

Does Anyone have experience with Labster? 

Thank you so much.

-Anna Larsen



Online / Virtual Coordination Chemistry Lab

Submitted by Beth Morton / University of Portland on Sun, 03/15/2020 - 13:36

Hi all!


My university (University of Portland) is going to online teaching, likely for the remainder of the semester (though they haven't said that). I am wondering if any of you have good resources for an online or virtual coordination chemistry lab. I have seen a lot of great worksheets and activities that would work well for lecture, but I am hoping to find something for students that would be more like a lab. Perhaps a simulation that involves changing ligands and seeing how that affects UV-vis spectra? I appreciate any suggestions, resources, etc!


Online Teaching

Submitted by Allan Cardenas / SUNY-Fredonia on Thu, 03/12/2020 - 11:04



SUNY will be converted to online eductation due to CONVID-19.  Any one here have experience teaching inorganic chemistry online? Any resouces  and tools you can share will be highly appreaciated.