RAMPing Up Lab Safety

Submitted by Amanda Reig / Ursinus College on Thu, 08/12/2021 - 10:53

Inspired by several of the great lab safety activities on VIPEr, I modified Karen McFarland's activity (linked below) to specifically adapt to the ACS RAMP (Recognize hazards, Assess risks, Minimize risks, Prepare for emergencies) approach. 

The assignment asks each student to identify three potential hazards from the first experiment they will be performing in inorganic lab: one chemical, one equipment, and one procedural hazard. For each hazard, they then complete a RAMP risk assessment. 

Record Keeping & Data Management in the Lab

Submitted by Amanda Reig / Ursinus College on Thu, 08/12/2021 - 10:18

This is a set of PowerPoint slides I put together for a brief presentation and discussion with summer research students in our department about good record keeping and data management practices. 

(Weekly) Research Report Template

Submitted by Matt Cranswick / Colorado State University - Pueblo on Fri, 08/06/2021 - 10:39

I know it's not really a lab experiment, but we don't seem to have a "resource" option for submitting content.  I quickly put this together based on what my students had done this summer, as a quick way for them to keep me up-to-date on their weekly, monthly, or semester progress. (Of course, I was hovering over them the entire time and know what they did, but this seemed like a good way for them to communicate their progress.)

I think it would work equally as well in a Google Doc, so multiple students on the same project can see what has been done by their peers.

An editable Review Jeopardy game via a Macro Powerpoint

In searching for a way to review topics before exams, I was informed about this powerpoint template which is macro'd to be operated as a realistic Jeopardy game. The site for the original author of the macro is:


(Jeopardy for PowerPoint by Kevin R. Dufendach is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License.)

Paul Smith / Valparaiso University Wed, 08/04/2021 - 23:17

SLiThEr #23: "Strategies to Pre-assess First-year STEM students"

Submitted by Kyle Grice / DePaul University on Sun, 07/25/2021 - 15:30

This is our 23rd SLiThEr. The collection can be found here. 

This discussion focused on ways to assess readiness for the general chemistry course sequence.

The YouTube video link for SLiThEr #23 is below under "Web Resources"

SLiThEr #22: Using D2L in Teaching

Submitted by Sarah Shaner / Southeast Missouri State University on Fri, 07/09/2021 - 17:16

This is the link to the 22nd SLiThEr (Supporting Learning with Interactive Teaching: a Hosted, Engaging Roundtable), presented by Professors Kate McCusker (Eastern Tennessee State University) and Kyle Grice (DePaul University). The SLiThEr was recorded and posted on YouTube (see the web resources link).

This roundtable discussed the use of the D2L learning management system during the pandemic and moving forward. The use of quizzes, forum discussions, awards, and surveys were presented.

SLiTher #21: Teaching During COVID-19: A Catalyst for Positive Instructional Change

Submitted by Chip Nataro / Lafayette College on Fri, 06/25/2021 - 12:27

Meghan Porter (Indiana University) and Matt Cranswick (Colorado State University - Pueblo) lead the discussion in the 21st SLiThEr on lessons learned during the pandemic and how some of the on-line tools that they used and developed will continue to be used in their classes moving forward.

Predicting solubility using HSAB and Bronsted acid/base strength

Submitted by Michelle Personick / Wesleyan University on Wed, 06/23/2021 - 16:37

This activity is a guided approach to answering the following: "Give an example of a silver (Ag+) salt that is expected to be soluble in water." It requires students to consider both HSAB and Bronsted acid/base concepts when evaluating solubility.

I use the activity at the end of the unit on reactivity of ions in aqueous solutions, after we have gone over all of the relevant concepts, and the question (without scaffolding) is similar to what I might ask on an exam.

Predicting reactivity with the HSAB principle

Submitted by Michelle Personick / Wesleyan University on Wed, 06/23/2021 - 16:07

This activity is designed to give students practice with predicting the preferred direction of double displacement reactions using the hard-soft acid-base (HSAB) principle. It includes a question where students must determine the relative softness of two soft bases. This activity was used after the lecture where students were introduced to these concepts.