Digital Innovation Partnerships Announced for Chemistry

Staff and students from Leicester’s Chemistry Department and Natural Sciences program are working in partnership to enhance chemistry education through the development and support for the use of digital technology. The projects are overseen by the digital advocate Dr Richard Blackburn (Lecturer in Chemistry) who is supporting two staff-student partnerships as they develop and disseminate their digital innovations. To both projects Richard will be bringing his prior experience of implementing and evaluating innovative digital teaching innovations such as the use of dynamic laboratory simulations as part of practical classes at Leicester.

Digital Innovation Partnerships (DIP) Homepage

DIP Team: (L-R) Duncan Parker, Nikita Lack, Richard Blackburn, Tabitha Watson, Paul Cullis

Project One

Digital Innovator: Prof. Paul Cullis (Chair of Organic and Biological Chemistry)

Digital Associate: Ms Nikita Lack (2nd Year Chemistry Undergraduate)

Project Title: Flipped Model Making – Visualising Organics and Biomolecules

Paul and Nikita are working on a series of short instructional animations to facilitate student building of chemical structures and transition states that can be deployed ahead of lectures. It is hoped that students will be able to utilise their pre-built models to improve their understanding of molecule shapes/orientations and their spatial distribution of atoms.

Project Two

Digital Innovator: Dr Duncan Parker (Teaching Fellow for Natural Sciences and Chemistry)

Digital Associate: Ms Tabitha Watson (3rd Year Natural Sciences Undergraduate)

Project Title: Text-based Adventures in the Undergraduate Laboratory

Together, Duncan and Tabitha are exploring the challenges that face undergraduate students in the laboratory. They seek to increase students' confidence in the laboratory by raising awareness of issues of safety and experimental technique by creating a text-based adventure game that requires students to make key decisions in a safe context, not only could this be of benefit to Chemistry students but those from across the rest of the experimental SET subjects.

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Department of Chemistry
University of Leicester
Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK

Email: chemistry@le.ac.uk

Tel: [+44] (0)116 252 2100

Fax: [+44] (0)116 252 3789

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