Developing student learning goals and assessments for VIPEr learning objects

All VIPEr learning objects are supposed to include clear student learning goals and a suggested way to assess the learning. This "five slides about" provides a brief introduction to the "Understanding by Design" or "backward design" approach to curriculum development and will help you develop your VIPEr learning object.

Joanne Stewart / Hope College Sat, 06/20/2009 - 07:47
SLiThEr #33: Development, Implementation, and Successes of a Blind and Scaffolded Faculty Search

Today we are joined by Dr. Barbara Reisner as she discusses the process implemented in a recent faculty search to reduce bias in the hiring process.

Chip Nataro / Lafayette College Wed, 05/04/2022 - 07:39
SLiThEr #32: Detangling Chemistry Ed Research, Scholarship of Teaching & Learning, and Science Education

Chip Nataro / Lafayette College Wed, 05/04/2022 - 07:35
SLiThEr #31: Using "Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning" (POGIL) in your classroom!

In this session, facilitators Wayne Pearson, Tim Herzog and Kim Mullane will introduce you to the benefits of using Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) in your classroom. POGIL is a student-centered, group-learning instructional strategy and philosophy developed through research on how students learn best.

Chip Nataro / Lafayette College Wed, 05/04/2022 - 07:31
What is the pKa of water (and why do some textbooks get it wrong)?

This LibreTexts module by Dr. Tom Neils and Dr. Stephanie Schaertel provides a clear and thorough explanation of why some biochemistry and organic chemistry textbooks get the pKa of water wrong. The pKa of water at 25 ºC is 14.0 and not 15.7. This module describes the derivation of the correct value and describes why the value of 15.7 should not be used. 

Joanne Stewart / Hope College Thu, 03/31/2022 - 17:07
Structures of Solids - Unit Cells, Close-Packing, and Ionic Materials

This website displays interactive models of the unit cell contents of simple cubic, body-centered cubic, face-centered cubic, and hexagonal close-packed structures, in addition to several simple ionic compounds. Relationships between the close-packed atomic layers, the unit cell contents, and the structures of related ionic materials are highlighted.

Dean Johnston / Otterbein University Mon, 02/28/2022 - 16:16
SLiThEr #29: Getting into Computational Chemistry

Drs. Lori Watson (Earlham), Adam Johnson (Harvey Mudd), and Kyle Grice (DePaul) discuss how they have incorporated computational methods into their teaching and research, how to get started with computations, and some useful resources. The link is

Sarah Shaner / Southeast Missouri State University Sat, 12/11/2021 - 17:12
SLiThEr #26: Foray into Alternative Grading Methods

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Chip Nataro / Lafayette College Fri, 11/05/2021 - 08:40
SLiThEr #27: A mental health conversation - Warning signs, normalization, and responses

As with chemistry, mental health is something we learn more about every day. The major focus of this SLiThEr is depression and anxiety in students, which are more prevalent in these COVID-impacted times. The material presented in this SLiThEr describes the best practices at the time it was recorded, and these practices may change in the future. While this recording is intended to be a resource for faculty, we would strongly encourage future viewers to seek out the latest research or contact a mental health professional for more information on these topics and current best practices.

Chip Nataro / Lafayette College Thu, 10/14/2021 - 17:32
SLiThEr 25: "Getting Students Started and Continuing in Research"

SLiThEr #25 was recorded on Aug 19, 2021. 

The link to the video is found below in the "Web Resources" 

Kyle Grice / DePaul University Wed, 08/25/2021 - 21:18