Tuesday, July 24, 2007

New technologies for teaching organic chemistry

At the spring meeting of the American Chemical Society in Chicago Jean-Claude Bradley gave a talk on using blogs and wikis to teach organic chemistry. In his talk and the online versions, he describes the evolution of his teaching practices over the past few years, involving blogs, wikis, podcasting, vodcasting, games and class workshops. The summary of his experience is:
  • Use blogs for creating podcasts or for storing static sequential content (transcripts)
  • Use wikis to organize content and to interact with students on assignments
  • Use multiple channels to deliver content and assess learning
  • These technologies are simple, free and hosted
but this doesn't do the presentation justice, so watch it for yourself:

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