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.





Open Education Resources (OER)

Submitted by Jesse Tye / Ball State University on Tue, 11/05/2019 - 10:27

I am interested in what Open Educational Resources are available for teaching undergraduate general chemistry courses.  It seems like the concensus from a few years ago was that OpenStax + Sapling online homework was the only viable options for large classes.

What new textbook and/or homework resources am I missing?

Has anyone used Canvas successfully for online homework?


Symmetry planes in C4v molecules

How much detail do you go into when discussing symmetry planes in C4v molecules? There appears to be a semi-consensus that the vertical (σv) planes should contain as many atoms as possible, with the second set of planes (σd) bisecting the first.

Dean Johnston / Otterbein University Wed, 07/17/2019 - 16:37

Crafting student feedback to enable deliberate practice

Submitted by Kate Plass / Franklin & Marshall College on Fri, 05/31/2019 - 05:49

So, I am a few chapters into "Talent is Overrated" focused on the concept of deliberate practice and I am starting to panic. The idea of deliberate practice as I understand it is that no one gets great at a skill without long periods of practice that are designed by an expert to focus on the aspects of the skills the learner specifically needs to work on. I am uncertain that the exam feedback I give, pointing out which problems are incorrect and providing detailed solutions, does not allow students to know exactly how to practice to improve.


Calculations in Chemistry / Cognitive Load Theory

Submitted by Jesse Tye / Ball State University on Thu, 05/30/2019 - 16:12

I am thinking of trying Daum and Nelson's Calculations in Chemistry workbook.  A main idea of the workbook is Cognitive Load Theory and getting students to move concepts from short term to long term memory.  A major tenet of the workbook is the idea that memorization of equations and certain constants IS an important step in moving concepts into long term memory.

I would love your input about the Calculations in Chemistry workbook or Cognitive Load Theory in general.