BCCE 2014 Organizing Committee

General Chair
Sherril Soman
Grand Valley State University

Program Chair
Julie Henderleiter
Grand Valley State University

Exhibition/Sponsors Chair
Robert Smart
Grand Valley State University

Workshop Chair
Stephanie Schaertel
Grand Valley State University

General Papers Chair
Jessica VandenPlas
Grand Valley State University

General Posters Chairs
Ellen Yezierski
Miami University

Jessica VandenPlas
Grand Valley State University

2YC3 Program Chair
Tom Neils
Grand Rapids Community College

Publicity Chair
Tom Pentecost
Grand Valley State University

Site Management/Local Arrangements
Sandra Bacon
Grand Valley State University

Mary Ann Sheline
Grand Valley State University

Pre-College Program Chair
Alice Putti
Jension High School

Mary Karpen
Grand Valley State University

Chris Lawrence
Grand Valley State University

Tracy VanderMeer
Grand Connection

Christina Thelen
Grand Connection

Administrative Support
Janet VanRhee
Grand Valley State University

Volunteer Coordinator
Diane Miller
Grand Valley State University

P742: Using team-based learning strategies to promote student engagement in a thermodynamics course

Author: Diane Miller, Seton Hill University, USA


Date: 8/6/14

Time: 9:35 AM9:55 AM

Room: MAN 123

Related Symposium: S56

In an effort to more fully engage students, a flipped classroom, following a modified team-based learning (TBL) approach, was adopted in Fall 2013 for a thermodynamics course. Students were asked to read the textbook, watch lectures and complete several problems before coming to class. During class, assigned groups of four students worked together on solving problems. Students responded positively to the format of the course, and several commented about the additional benefit of strengthening their ability to work with others. Teaching in this format offered every student the opportunity to shine; as the semester progressed, the students developed a culture of appreciation for the value and strengths that each individual brought to the group. A few initial difficulties were experienced and overcome; these will be discussed.

P571: Electronic notebooks in the physical chemistry laboratory

Author: Diane Miller, Seton Hill University, USA


Date: 8/5/14

Time: 2:25 PM2:45 PM

Room: MAK B1120

Related Symposium: S40

In an effort to take advantage of the technology that students receive, an electronic lab notebook (ELN) was adopted in a Quantum Mechanics Laboratory course at Seton Hill University. Seton Hill is an Apple distinguished campus, and all students are provided an iPad and a MacBook. Students already used these electronic devices for Excel and other software, so it made sense to switch to an ELN. LabArchives, a commercial ELN, was adopted, and students had the option of using the web-based software or the LabArchives iPad app. The use of the ELN in the course, as well as student feedback, will be discussed. In particular, this presentation will highlight the adjustments and the challenges-safety, for example-encountered in switching to an ELN.