Teaching Focused Academics Present Innovation in the USA.

Dr Richard Blackburn and Dr Dylan Williams recently attended the he 25th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE) hosted by the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IL. This conference is a national meeting sponsored by the Division of Chemical Education of the American Chemical Society aimed at promoting research, practice and general innovation in the teaching of chemistry.

Whilst at the conference both lecturers made two presentations each, showcasing their research and innovations in problem based learning, student skills perceptions, pre-laboratory simulations and alternative ways to teach organic chemistry (titles below). Additionally, both also participated in a number of networking and internationalisation events and workshops.

Talk Titles:

  1. Open Ended team-based induction task to support the development of project skills.
  2. Measuring the expectations of new chemistry students.
  3. Impact of pre-laboratory simulations on student attitudes of a first year laboratory course.
  4. Effectiveness of flipped problem classes and discussion to assist case-study teaching of synthesis.

More about the pedagogic research and education innovation at Leicester can be found on the LeCLEP group webpages:


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