P644: Creating and delivering a highly interactive on-line version of “The Forensic Chemistry of CSI”

Author: Anne E. Kondo, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA

Co-Author: Justin D. Fair, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA

Date: 8/5/14

Time: 5:15 PM6:30 PM

Room: LIB

Related Symposium: S33

As our chemistry department developed its first venture into on-line learning, we wished to explore student perceptions of on-line versus face-to-face learning for a science course. The Forensic Chemistry of CSI is a non-laboratory liberal studies science course that is taken primarily by non-science majors. The course creator taught the course face-to-face with many in-class demonstrations of forensic kits. For the initial on-line delivery, we created a number of video demonstrations by practicing CSI professionals in our local Indiana Borough Police Department that are publicly available on YouTube. Prior to each course, we surveyed face-to-face and on-line students about their impressions and expectations for an on-line course. While others have explored the teaching and learning differences between the delivery methods, our focus was on expectations of the level of interactions with fellow students and with the instructor. In both delivery methods, students were expected to work in groups to create reports of the forensic evidence found at a crime scene. The outcomes of this study will better prepare our faculty to offer quality faculty-students interactions in the development of on-line science courses through the implementation of best practices.

P651: Online assessment tools for organic chemistry

Author: Carl R LeBlond, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA

Co-Author: Justin D. Fair and Paige M. Frick, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA

Date: 8/5/14

Time: 5:15 PM6:30 PM

Room: LIB

Related Symposium: S33

The visual nature of organic chemistry requires unique online assessment tools to probe learning outcomes associated with nomenclature, structural representations, reaction products, and single and multistep mechanisms. Question types have been designed to provide both interactive instruction and assessment in these areas. Question types can be tailored to match student experience at introductory and advanced levels.

P408: Survey of industrial organic chemists: Curricular needs of B.S. chemists

Author: Justin D. Fair, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA

Co-Author: Carl R. LeBlond, Elyse M. Kleist and Dylan M. Stoy, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA

Date: 8/5/14

Time: 10:15 AM10:35 AM

Room: LMH 176

Related Symposium: S3

A survey was conducted of companies from the chemical industry with an emphasis on organic divisions. The data includes results from 377 respondents from more than 100 different companies. This survey sheds light on 1) the current chemical methods, techniques and instrumentation used in industry, 2) which attributes/abilities chemical companies desire in newly-minted bachelor’s level chemists, and 3) how the survey data compares to the current focus on academic training in the United States.

P378: Chemical inventory for teaching and research

Author: Justin D. Fair, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA

Co-Author: Becky Hart and Zach Seymour, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA

Date: 8/4/14

Time: 6:00 PM7:15 PM

Room: KC

Related Symposium: S33

A chemical barcode inventory was built to keep track of chemicals as well as a teaching and research aid for faculty and student researchers. The Java based program allows faculty and staff to quickly find available chemicals located in the storage areas; cutting down on duplicate ordering of materials. Additional detail such as the storage class, if the chemical requires flammable or cold storage, the chemical name, toxicity, physical properties, and safety data sheet are available. Chemical spectra of most organic compounds are available including IR, MS, UV-Vis, and NMR.