VIPEr Fellows 2022 Workshop Favorites

Submitted by Barbara Reisner / James Madison University on Sun, 06/26/2022 - 14:31

The second cohort of VIPEr fellows pulled together learning objects that they've used and liked or want to try the next time they teach their inorganic courses.

Bioinorganic Chemistry

Submitted by KVH / Harvey Mudd College on Wed, 06/08/2022 - 13:46

Metals in biological systems can perform a wide range of reactions with exquisite efficiency and selectivity. In contrast, performing many of the same reactions in the lab requires harsh conditions and/or rare, expensive materials.

VIPEr nanoCHAt : NeWBiEs Spring 2022 Learning Objects

Submitted by Shirley Lin / United States Naval Academy on Wed, 02/02/2022 - 18:07

This collection accompanies the IONiC VIPEr nanoCHAt video series NeWBiEs, recorded in Spring 2022. This series is comprised of weekly conversations with two IONiC members, Wes Farrell and Shirley Lin from the US Naval Academy, as they taught a foundation-level inorganic chemistry course for the first time. The LOs discussed in the videos are included in this collection.

Inorganic Chemistry I

Submitted by Rudy Luck / Michigan Technological University on Thu, 08/26/2021 - 12:41

Descriptive chemistry of the main group elements with some emphasis on the non-metals.  Transition metal compounds: aspects of bonding, spectra, and reactivity; complexes of n-acceptor ligands; organometallic compounds and their role in catalysis; metals in biological systems; preparative, analytical, and instrumental techniques. 

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. 

An editable Review Jeopardy game via a Macro Powerpoint

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

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.)

Creating Accessible Documents, pdfs, and Slides - Web Resources and Checklists

Submitted by Nicole Crowder / University of Mary Washington on Thu, 06/10/2021 - 11:43

Creating Word files, pdfs, and PowerPoint files in an accessible way addresses equity in the classroom. These web resources are focused on how to create materials for your courses that will be more accessible. There are also some checklists to consult as you are creating materials for your courses (and LOs for this website!) to ensure they meet some basic accessibility guidelines.

*Note that some of the materials link to or refer to resources specific to the University of Mary Washington, but you should be able to find similar resources at your institution.*

nanoCHAt #2: Promoting Academic Honesty

Submitted by Shirley Lin / United States Naval Academy on Tue, 04/13/2021 - 09:28

A nanoCHAt conversation about innovative methods for promoting academic honesty in our classrooms. Recorded by VIPEr Fellows Taylor Haines, Darkus Jenkins, Jingjing Qiu, and Tasneem Siddiquee with Shirley Lin (moderator) on February 8, 2021.  The full nanoCHAt playlist can be acccessed at

nanoCHAt #1: Creating a Sense of Belonging

Submitted by Shirley Lin / United States Naval Academy on Tue, 04/13/2021 - 09:17

A nanoCHAt conversation about how to create a sense of belonging for our students in the classroom and as chemists. Recorded by IONiC members Anne Bentley, Shirley Lin, Justin Pratt, Jeff Raker, Barb Reisner, and Joanne Stewart on February 8, 2021.  The full nanoCHAt playlist can be acccessed at