Special Issue: ChemEd X Talks

ChemEd X Talks are live Zoom meetings covering a variety of topics of importance to chemistry teachers. Each meeting is recorded. The edited recording along with any other content the presenters have offered is published within a few days of the live event. The first nine ChemEd X Talk recordings are highlighted below. You can watch the edited recordings and access documents and other resources shared by the presenters. An updated schedule for future ChemEd X Talks is coming soon! If you are interested in presenting or have a topic you would like us to include in our schedule, please reach out using our


Providing students with meaningful feedback greatly enhances their learning and achievement. With the move to online and hybrid formats, teachers had to scramble to modify their usual process for communicating that feedback. Ariel Serkin presented our first ChemEd X Talk about the process she used this past year and how she provided feedback to her students remotely. Watch the edited recording of Ariel's Talk and access the document she shared during the presentation.


Melissa Hemling presented a ChemEd X Talk about “whiteboarding” in a hybrid or virtual classroom. Students collaborate in small groups on classkick.com to digitally analyze data, create and modify models, and/or complete practice problems. Melissa shared how she uses the digital whiteboards to gauge student understanding and pinpoint misconceptions like she did pre-COVID. 


Some of the challenges associated with virtual instruction include connecting with students and checking for understanding in real time. Michael Farabaugh presented a ChemEd X Talk about how he uses the interactive features of Nearpod to create formative assessment items that provide valuable feedback and facilitate student participation. You can watch the edited recording of Michael's Talk and access the lesson he shared during the presentation.


Chad Husting spoke about how he transitioned to standards-based grading during a pandemic! He shared some tips that have solved many of the problems that teachers struggle with including having a mix of face to face and virtual students and keeping up with late work, make-up work and missing assignments! 



Katy Dornbos spoke about how she has transformed the way she assesses her students - particularly on exams. Her new method of assessing was born from her desire to decrease student stress, minimize her grading time and keep the questions challenging enough to encourage deep thinking. 


ChemEd X Talks with Jen Lee about Collisions. This is a system of eight digital games, grounded in the rules of chemistry, that can be used to introduce, teach, and review more than 50 key concepts in your chemistry classroom. Collisions makes abstract concepts tangible by allowing students to visualize and manipulate the building blocks of matter, while providing a safe space to make mistakes and learn by introducing content through gameplay.


POGIL activities can be used to engage students in chemistry lessons through the use of student teams, effective models, and tiered questioning. Kristen Drury and Stephanie O'Brien provide guidance on fostering student buy-in, student role formation, and POGIL implementation. Additionally, information is shared on how to assess students' participation in POGIL activities holistically and through individual examination of process skills such as communication, teamwork, and problem solving. 


Grades should provide feedback to students, parents, and teachers as to the progress students are making toward learning targets. Meaningful grades require good assessment practices. Erica Posthuma presented a ChemEd X Talk in May providing an overview of effective assessment design. She discussed writing and communicating learning goals, developing targeted questions and prompts, and scoring using a standards-based approach. 


Formative assessment questions provide a useful lens into students' minds regarding what they are thinking about chemistry. By ascertaining what students are thinking, teachers can make decisions regarding what to do with what they learn. The members of ACCT (Assessing for Change in Chemical Thinking) presented a ChemEd X Talk on the topic on May. Watch the edited recording and find more resources here.


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