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November, 2009

Presented at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Middle Atlantic Association of Liberal Arts Chemistry Teachers

In early November, we presented a talk, "The ChemCollective: Virtual Labs, Tutors and Scenario Based Learning for Introductory Chemistry" at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Middle Atlantic Association of Liberal Arts Chemistry Teachers held at Washington College, Maryland.

Presented a talk at Carnegie Mellon University

As part of the fall seminar series at the Department of Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University, we presented our research, "What is conceptual learning in chemistry and why should we promote it?", to fellow department chemists.

August, 2009

Presented at the Fall 2009 National Meeting of the American Chemical Society.

In late August, we presented a talk, "Tracking and supporting learning in open-ended activities involving a virtual lab simulation" at the ACS Fall National Meeting in Washington, DC, where we described some exciting new work with the PSLC where we combined our virtual lab software with a cognitive tutor to look at the effects of varying levels of support in an open-ended environment.

Presented a workshop and exhibited at ChemEd 2009.

In early August, we drove to scenic Radford, Virginia for the ChemEd 2009 conference where we presented a workshop on using ChemCollective materials in the classroom. We also exhibited at the conference and met some great new friends.

May 2009

Presented a talk at the 2009 CERMACS meeting.

We kicked off our summer with a presentation, "Virtual Labs, Tutors and Scenario Based Learning for Introductory Chemistry" at this year's CERMACS meeting in Cleveland, OH.

March 2009

Presented at the Spring 2009 National Meeting of the American Chemical Society.

The spring 2009 National ACS meeting took us to Aspen, Colorado, where we presented our interdisciplinary work, "Cross-disciplinary molecular science education in introductory science courses" and had a few days of excellent skiing.

July 2008

Presented and exhibited at the 2008 BCCE at Indiana University.

This summer’s conference tour took us to Bloomington, Indiana where we presented talks on equilibrium, "Conceptual development in chemical equilibrium", and our collaborative interdisciplinary work, "Cross-disciplinary molecular science education in introductory science courses", at the 2008 BCCE. We also had a booth in the exhibit hall.

June, 2008

Presented a talk at the Gordon Research Conference on Physics Education Research and Practice.

In June, we traveled to Bryant University in Smithfield, RI, for the Gordon Research Conference on Physics Education Research and Practice, where we presented a talk, "Digital Libraries to Support Problem Solving and Conceptual Learning in Introductory Chemistry".

Attended the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2008 annual meeting.

This year's JCDL meeting was in Pittsburgh, Pa. (Finally a local conference!) It was fun to share our favorite 'spots' with visiting collaborators and fellow digital librarians. We also presented our collaborative interdisciplinary work, "Cross-Disciplinary Molecular Science Education in Introductory Science Courses: An NSDL MatDL Collection" This project is accessible at: http://matdl.org/virtuallabs/

November, 2007

Attended the NSDL annual meeting.

In November, we drove to DC to attend the 6th NSDL Annual Meeting in Arlington, Virginia. While at the meeting, we presented our collaborative work with groups at MIT and Kent state, "Interdisciplinary Virtual Labs for Undergraduate Education in the NSDL MatDL." This project is accessible at: http://matdl.org/virtuallabs/

August, 2007

Presented at the National Meeting of the ACS and exhibited at ChemEd 2007.

August was a busy month for us, we presented a talk entitled, "Making the implicit explicit in the teaching of chemical equilibrium" at the fall ACS National Meeting in Boston. We also exhibited at the ChemED 2007 Conference in Denton, TX.

June, 2007

Presented a talk and a poster at the Gordon Research Conference on Chemistry Education Research and Practice.

In June, we traveled to Bates College in Lewiston, ME, for the Gordon Research Conference on Chemistry Education Research and Practice, where we presented a talk, "Making the Implicit Explicit in the Teaching of Chemical Equilibrium" and our collaborator from the PSLC presented a poster, "Chemical Equilibrium and the concept of Progress of Reaction".

March, 2007

Presented at the National Meeting of the ACS and exhibited at NSTA.

In March, we flew to Chicago to present a talk entitled, "On-line support for problem solving in introductory chemistry" at this spring's ACS National Meeting. We also exhibited at the NSDL booth in the exhibit hall of this year's NSTA National Conference in St. Louis, MO.

ChemCollective awarded "Highly Recommended" by Schoolzone.

Schoolzone, the UK's leading evaluation service for online educational resources, reviewed our site for educational relevance and usefulness and awarded it a "Highly Recommended" rating. Schoolzone's teacher panel provides evaluations for the UK Government's ICT in Education partners, and has evaluated thousands of free resources on the web.

November, 2006

Presented at the Penn-Ohio Border section of the ACS and attended the NSDL annual meeting.

In November, we presented an interactive workshop, "Virtual labs and scenario based learning for introductory chemistry" for 30 high school and college chemistry teachers of the Penn-Ohio Border section of the ACS at Thiel College in Greenville, PA, Nov 7. We also attended the 5th Annual Meeting of the National Science Digital Library in Washington, DC.

October, 2006

Mixed Reception featured Gameology.org

Mixed Reception our murder mystery activity was featured in an article on Gameology.org, citing the potential for academic games as learning tools.

July, 2006

Exhibited and presented at the 19th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Our summer travels took us to Perdue University for the 19th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education where we presented a talk entitled, "Virtual labs and scenario-based learning for introductory chemistry" and distributed materials at our booth in the exhibition hall.

April, 2006

Exhibited with the PDB at 2006 Annual NSTA conference in Anaheim, Ca.

Our second trip to LA and the Anaheim convention center, this conference offered us the chance to exhibit alongside former group member, Jeff Milton of the Protein Data Bank. We hope to take advantage of his new position in education and outreach at the PDB to build scenarios and learning modules for biology and biochemistry.

December, 2005

Presented at the Pacifichem 2005 conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.

In December we presented a talk entitled, "Virtual labs and scenario-based learning for introductory chemistry" as part of the E-learning in University Chemistry Education session.

November, 2005

Attended the NSDL Annual Meeting and presented at Duke University

In November we attended the NSDL Annual Meeting in Boulder Colorado, where we presented a poster on our latest community development efforts. We also presented a research talk, "The ChemCollective Virtual Lab and Other Online Materials" at Duke University in North Carolina.

October, 2005

Presentation and exhibit at the 171st (Eastern) 2YC3 Conference, in Newton, Pa.

On October 15th, we took a scenic drive to Bucks County Community College for our third 2YC3 conference. We distributed CDs at the exhibition hall and gave a presentation summarizing our past work as well as some of our new ideas.

July, 2005

ChemCollective exhibits and presents at ChemEd 2005 in Vancouver

Our third ChemEd conference, ChemEd 2005 was a great success. We distributed over 500 CDs at the exhibition hall and gave two hands-on workshops. Our latest development effort, an online stoichiometry bridge/review course was met with great enthusiasm by high school teachers interested in using it as an AP prep course.

March, 2005

Workshop at 170th 2YC3

On March 11th and 12th we presented a workshop on using the Virtual Lab to a number of chemistry teachers from around the Southern California area at the 170th 2YC3 at Palomar College, California.

Presentation at the ACS National Meeting in San Deigo

On the 1 year anniversary of the launch of the chemcollective.org website, we presented a talk at the ACS National Meeting entitled, "Using digital libraries to build educational communities: The ChemCollective".

January, 2005

ChemCollective.org included in the ENC Digital Dozen

Eisenhower National Clearinghouse, a showcase for online educational materials, chose the ChemCollective.org to be included in its weekly Digital Dozen, a list of exemplary web sites for educators.

November, 2004

The ChemCollective Exhibits at NCSTA 2004

On November 9, 2004, we drove 6 hours to Greensboro, NC to exhibit at the 36th Annual NCSTA Professional Development Institute. While at the conference, we demonstrated the Virtual Lab and Mixed Reception to chemistry teachers from around the region.

Poster presentation at the Annual NSDL meeting

The annual meeting of National Science Digital Library ( NSDL): Designing Strategies for Success was held in Chicago, IL this year. While at the conference, we met up with some great new groups and projects. We also presented a poster, "Using Digital Libraries to Build Educational Communities: The Chemistry Collective" which showcases our current work. On the last day of the conference, our group director, Dave Yaron, became vice chair of the community services subcommittee for the NSDL.

October, 2004

Presentation at our first "WCCTA/2YC3 Conference

In the scenic Ladyfoot Ski Resort, we presented a talk, "Using Virtual Lab Activities for Introductory Chemistry", to a very enthusiastic and dedicated group of chemistry educators from around the Washington state area.

Mixed Reception featured in ChemMatters Magazine

Our murder mystery scenario, Mixed Reception, was featured in the September edition of the ACS publication ChemMatters magazine. News of our scenario based activity quickly spread, and we received over a hundred requests for CDs in October.

Wednesday, October 6, 2004

Updates from for the last several months

We haven't posted any news in a good while, but we've been very busy in the meantime.

Friday, March 26, 2004

Launch at ACS and NSTA National Meetings

The official launch of this site coincides with the ACS meeting in Anaheim March 28 April 2 and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, from March 31 through April 3, 2004. Please stop by the ChemCollective booth in the exhibit halls at these conferences. We'll be happy to walk you through examples of online activities, and talk with you about how the ChemCollective can best meet the needs of chemistry teachers.

Thursday, March 25, 2004

Mission Critical Chemistry promotes international collaboration

For the third year in a row, introductory chemistry students at Carnegie Mellon University and ITESM in Monterrey, Mexico worked together on Mission Critical Chemistry, a collaborative project to design a next-generation fuel system for a mission to Mars. This year, over a hundred students participated in the joint project between Bernard Micheli at ITESM and David Yaron at CMU.

Thursday, August 7, 2003

The Virtual Lab wins two MERLOT awards


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