Chem Connections


Description of the Project:

The ChemLinks Coalition and the Modular CHEM Consortium, two of the
National Science Foundation "systemic change initiative" projects in
chemistry, have collaborated to develop and test topical modules for
the first two years of the college chemistry curriculum. W.W. Norton
is publishing these modules as the ChemConnections series. These 2-4
week modules start with relevant real-world questions and develop the
chemistry needed to answer them. They feature student-centered active
and collaborative classroom activities and inquiry-based laboratory
projects rather than relying primarily on traditional lectures,
exams, and verification laboratories. In the process, students learn
more effectively and model how chemistry is actually done.

Over a hundred faculty from more than forty 2-year colleges, 4-year
colleges, and universities are developing and testing modules dealing
with chemistry and the environment, technology, and life processes.
The resulting modules are adaptable to a variety of institutional
settings. The breadth of topical coverage and the options available
to instructors for depth of coverage make the program highly
flexible. These modules are appropriate for use in various
introductory level chemistry courses, e.g. non-science, science and
technology, and potential chemistry major courses. Twelve modules for
general chemistry are available for use beginning in the 2003
academic year.

Workshops for Potential Module Users:

Faculty workshops have been designed to provide instructors an opportunity to evaluate this new approach and adapt it to their own teaching environment. These workshops are intensive, interactive experiences that focus on using ChemConnections modules in the classroom and laboratory. Sessions are led by module authors and faculty who have used the modular materials in their own courses.

At the workshops participants:

  • Experience learning and teaching with active-participation, student-centered pedagogies
  • Learn how to use the modules effectively in their own classroom
  • Develop skills to train other faculty members and teaching assistants in the use of the modular materials
  • Review and contribute ideas to the further development of the modules
  • Share ideas and experiences with other instructors in a collaborative environment

What Are the Workshop Options

How Are the Workshops Organized?

How and When Do I Apply?

What are the workshop options?
Current Workshops:

Multi-initiative Dissemination Project (MIDP) Workshops

The five NSF systemic chemistry curriculum reform projects are giving workshops to disseminate their innovations. The workshops take two forms:

  • 1.5 day workshops presenting innovations from all the systemic reform projects and
  • 3 day intensive workshops presenting innovations from two of the projects

Academic Year 2003-04 workshops of 1.5 days length.

September 19-20 University of Nebraska, Lincoln

October 17--18 University of Denver, Denver, CO

November 7-8 City College of New York, NYC

January 23-24 Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

February 6-7 University of Arkansas, Little Rock

March 5-6 Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport, CT

April 16-17 Macalester College, St. Paul, MN

TBA Portland Community College, Portland, OR

For additional information and registration:

Intensive Summer Workshops

Most of the NSF Chemistry Initiative projects are offering summer
workshops for faculty who may be interested in adapting and adopting
their materials and approaches. These workshops are part of the
regular NSF Chautauqua Short Course program. In each workshop,
individuals will spend three days working intensively with one

Summer (3 day) Chautauqua Workshops: for information and registration

May 24-26 Peer-Led Team Learning, TBA
June 6-8 ChemConnections, UC, Berkeley
June 23-25 Molecular Science, UCLAMolecular Science, UCLA

For workshop information and registration:

Multi-Initiative Workshops (MIDP)

NSF Chautauqua Worhshops

For information on the individual projects:

ChemConnections & [ChemLinks & MC2]

New Traditions

Molecular Science

Peer-led Team Learning (PLTL)

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