P694: Creation of tools for flipping classes

Author: Mark Bishop, Monterey Institute of International Studies, USA


Date: 8/6/14

Time: 10:15 AM10:35 AM

Room: LTT 101

Related Symposium: S21

Using class time to do active learning exercises requires us to be sure that our students have the necessary tools to adequately prepare for these activities. In today’s world this usually means Internet tools. Although the large academic publishers provide tools, many instructors feel that it is better to create their own. In my talk, I will emphasize the development of out-of-class electronic tools for student independent learning. I will describe a variety of tools that I have developed, and I will describe how others can create similar tools. You can see my work at preparatorychemistry.com. I will also describe a blog I’ve started called Chemical Education Tools to provide a forum for instructors to share their tools and get feedback on the work they have done (ChemEdTools.com).

P534: Anyone can do it…the democratization of the distribution of educational tools

Author: Mark Bishop, Monterey Institute of International Studies, USA


Date: 8/5/14

Time: 2:05 PM2:25 PM

Room: LTT 102

Related Symposium: S17

Because of the development of easy-to-use computer tools, easy access to the Internet for most students, and growing acceptance of electronic educational tools, including textbooks, it has become possible for individuals to develop and distribute educational materials without the aid of the large academic publishers. In my talk, I’ll describe the evolution of my project, which includes two versions of my textbook (An Introduction to Chemistry) in several formats, including regular printed books and various forms on the Net: PDF, EPUB (for iPhones, iPads, and Android devices), MOBI for Kindle, and Flash-based PowerPoint-like presentations with me reading the text. I’ll also briefly describe my book’s many supporting tools, including animations, tutorials, online lectures, and more. All of these tools are freely available with no user names or passwords at preparatorychemistry.com. The main goal of my talk will be to explain how you can do some or all of the things I’ve done. I’ll describe the tools you’ll need, where you can get them at the lowest cost, and some idea of the time it will take to create your own materials.