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by Jennie Mayer
Sat, 07/25/2020 - 15:00

One of our new Two Year College (2YC) lead contributors describes some lessons learned for increasing attendance, participation, engagement, discussion, assessment, and building community in the online classroom.

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by Clarissa Sorens...
Thu, 07/16/2020 - 19:10

This is the first of three consecutive blogs about online labs. This first blog centers on the question, "Is chemistry laboratory coursework still relevant?" The second and third blogs discuss if the lab curricula we currently use is achieving our goals and if lab coursework can be effectively moved to an online platform.

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by Josh Kenney
Wed, 07/15/2020 - 15:53

The 2020 global pandemic of SARS-CoV-2 forced millions of teachers to switch from in-person to online instruction. With minimal training in online teaching, many substandard learning environments were quickly rolled out. In this post, the author describes two metacognitive learning activities that are easy to incorporate into an online learning environment.

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by Kathleen Carrigan
Tue, 07/07/2020 - 11:40

Twelve years teaching a fully online GOB (General Organic Biochemistry) chemistry course have revealed many benefits for faculty and students alike. This blog focuses on some positive aspects of teaching online.

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by Scott Donnelly
Mon, 07/06/2020 - 15:45

The practice and the promulgation of science, its ideas, and knowledge acquired about how the biotic and abiotic world works depend significantly on what words are chosen to communicate scientific ideas, methods, thought, and information. This blog post looks at how a recently published NY Times article on the growing evidence that the SARS-CoV-2 virus can be transmitted via the air can be used in the classroom to promote discussion and challenge students to think about the distinction between data and evidence. If applicable, it could be expanded to also include the difference between opinion and information, if desired.

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by Jerry Godbout
Sun, 07/05/2020 - 20:10

The process of making beverages from fermented grain is a chemical synthesis slightly newer than human civilization itself. This article descibes the chemistry of the first step- malting the raw mature grain.

Recent activity: 3 months 2 weeks ago
by Kristen Drury
Wed, 07/01/2020 - 11:45

AACT has organized eight virtual symposia to provide professional development for teachers this summer. These symposia can truly help teachers plan for the next school year and virtually “see” one another to share ideas and concerns.

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by Tom Kuntzleman
Sun, 06/28/2020 - 09:06

Liquid nitrogen is used to visualize the aerosol particles emitted while speaking, coughing, breathing, and sneezing. The ability of various masks to block these droplets was also tested.

Recent activity: 2 months 1 week ago
by Dean Campbell
Mon, 06/22/2020 - 08:20

The purpose of this variation on the “dragon’s breath” demonstration is to illustrate that face masks can diminish the movement of particles in the air, an important idea in public health.

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by Josh Kenney
Wed, 06/17/2020 - 14:56

Metacognition is a learner-focused evaluation of knowledge growth and an essential process for complete and lasting knowledge. Although virtual learning environments pose challenges for facilitating metacognitive activities, student-made videos are effective for increasing metacognition in online chemistry instruction.

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