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.





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?



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.