• 2 Feb 2016

    But I don’t understand what you expect

    Submitted by Joanne Stewart, Hope College

    Perhaps some of you have heard a student say “But I don’t understand what you expect.” Or maybe the student has been more direct and said “Tell me exactly what I need to do to get an A.”


  • 18 Jan 2016

    Creating Inclusiveness in the Classroom

    Submitted by Hilary Eppley, DePauw University

    In honor of Martin Luther King’s birthday (and since most of you are likely teaching on this holiday), I’d like to highlight two very relevant sessions that Adam Johnson and I attended at the

  • 12 Jan 2016

    2016 Summer Workshop (spoiler alert!)

    Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

    Shhhhh! If Joanne or Sheila find out about this I am going to be in big trouble. We have finalized our list of expert speakers for our 2016 workshop on Organometallic Chemistry which is entitled "Örgänömetällica: An IONiC Workshop at the Frontiers of Inorganic Chemistry". The workshop is going to be held at the University of Michigan and will run from June 26th – July 1st. You can sign up for the workshop through the cCWCS website.

  • 3 Jan 2016

    Crowdsourcing Assessment Data

    Submitted by Sheila Smith, University of Michigan- Dearborn

    If you've been hanging around IONiC for any period of time, you've probably heard one of us mention the idea of crowdsourcing assessment data... OK, it was probably me.  Well, I think 2016 is the year that we can make this idea a reality.

  • 3 Jan 2016

    Live from Harvey Mudd

    Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

    Happy New Year loyal BITeS reader! I hope 2016 is off to a great start for you. I am currently in Claremont, California at an IONiC VIPEr project meeting. I am joined here by Nancy Williams, Adam Johnson, Joanne Stewart, Barb Reisner, Lori Watson and Jeff Raker. We are being joined remotely by Sheila Smith, Hilary Eppley and Betsy Jamieson. It has been really productive so far. We have been working on a new grant proposal to continue to build this wonderful community. We have some tremendous ideas to continue our current workshops and start some new ones.

  • 19 Dec 2015

    A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...

    Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

    First off, don't worry, I won't spoil anything if you haven't seen it yet. And if you aren't sure what I mean by 'it', I am talking about Star Wars Episode VII. I am a little bit of a fan. It all goes back to 1977 when I saw it for the first time with my father in Texas. It's one of my only memories of him. But I remember that opening crawl. It was just Star Wars then. No episode IV A New Hope. Han shot first. It was amazing. I remember the chills in The Empire Strikes Back at the 'No, I am your father'. I had the toys. A Death Star play station. An AT-AT.

  • 9 Dec 2015

    A Penny for Their Thoughts

    Submitted by Elizabeth Jamieson, Smith College

    This semester I’m teaching a section of our first semester general chemistry class with 76 students.  Almost every class, I do an in class exercise where students work in groups and report their answers using a free online response system called Socrative that I learned about from one of the participants at our summer IONiC/VIPEr workshops.

  • 16 Nov 2015

    Testing with clickers

    Submitted by Sheila Smith, University of Michigan- Dearborn

    I am an admitted tech geek.  Often a first adopter of new tech for the classroom, I love to experiment with the tech that our students use so comfortably.  These experiments aren't always successful though.  

  • 16 Nov 2015

    Teaching in research journals part 2

    Submitted by Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

    Today in class we talked through the first tutorial to appear in Organometallics. The story behind this can been seen in the previous BITeS post. Our discussion in class was quite interesting. Unfortunately, the timing of the publication of this tutorial did not allow me to be quite as prepared as I will be in the future, but it was still a useful discussion.