IONiC/VIPEr Survey

We are currently collecting data on the use of VIPEr materials in support of a future grant proposal.  Please help keep this community functioning by taking a few minutes to respond. You can access the survey through this link.  All answers are anonymous, but you have the option at the end of the survey to give us permission to quote you.

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So Many Ways to Use Collections on VIPEr….

Submitted by Hilary Eppley / DePauw University on Wed, 09/02/2020 - 15:35

Do you ever wish you could glean the best ideas from other VIPEr users and not have to wade through a bewildering array of content that the site hosts now?  Do you wish you could share all the learning objects that you use in a particular class in one place?  You need to check out our Collections!

Helping Students Focus on Learning, Not the Grade: Alternative Grading Systems to Support Student Learning. Join us during our next SLiThEr!

Submitted by Kari Stone / Lewis University on Mon, 08/24/2020 - 10:22

Interested in alternative grading methods? Challenged by the idea that your grading might not be measuring actual student mastery of the material? Join us for a presentation and conversation with Santiago Toledo (St. Edward's University) about the use of an outcomes based grading system. Attendees will be introduced to an alternative grading structure centered around student learning outcomes. This methodology was implemented in general, organic, and inorganic chemistry courses. 

August 20, 2020 SLiThEr: Using Literature Discussion LOs for Assessment of Student Learning

Submitted by Flo / Slytherin' State on Thu, 08/13/2020 - 07:52

Just in time for the fall semester, our next roundtable discussion will address assessment of student learning in the time of COVID. As with many other aspects of teaching, the pandemic has affected assessment activities at the course and departmental levels. Shirley Lin (US Naval Academy) will facilitate this SLiThEr on how to use literature discussion LOs, a VIPEr speciality, as an assessment instrument. She will briefly discuss how to adapt/design literature discussions for this purpose and how to use chemistry education research methods to analyze and report results.

Join us to learn about facilitating student group work remotely during our next SLiThEr!

Submitted by Kari Stone / Lewis University on Thu, 08/06/2020 - 15:33

Next week Joanne Stewart (Hope College) will host a discussion about facilitating group work in an online environment. Just like our other SLiThEr’s, this is meant to be an informal discussion about strategies for faculty teaching. Join us on Zoom on Thursday, August 13th at 4 pm EDT (GMT-4) for this sixth VIPEr SLiThEr (Supporting Learning with Interactive Teaching: a Hosted, Engaging Roundtable) event.

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!

A cobalt hydroformylation catalyst tribute to Malcolm Green

In this paper (Llewellyn, Green and Cowley, Dalton Trans. 2006, 4164-4168) the synthesis and characterization of two cobalt compounds with an N-heterocyclic carbene ligand (IMes) are reported. the first, [Co(CO)3(IMes)Me] was prepared by the reaction of [Co(CO)3(PPh3)Me] with IMes. The second compound, [Co(CO)3(IMes)COMe] is formed by the addition of Co to the first.

Chip Nataro / Lafayette College Mon, 07/27/2020 - 20:00