P368: Collaborative intercollegiate online course delivery: Cheminformatics OLCC

Author: Robert E. Belford, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, USA

Co-Author: David J. Wild, Indiana University - Bloomington, USA; Leah R. McEwen, Cornell University, USA

Date: 8/4/14

Time: 6:00 PM7:15 PM

Room: KC

Related Symposium: S33

Advances in Information and Communication Technologies have enabled a new digital information landscape that has had a profound impact on the practice of science and education. These have not only enabled new ways to represent, manipulate and communicate chemical information, but have also enabled new models for curriculum development and dissemination. Few schools have undergraduate curriculum that have been able to keep up with this rapidly evolving information landscape, and this poster will describe the Cheminformatics OLCC, an NSF funded project designed to bring together cheminformaticians, chemical information scientists and educators, identify missing ICT-enabled competencies in the undergraduate chemistry curriculum, and allow institutions to offer a course in the latest cheminformatic and information science techniques. When the course is offered, resident faculty of an institution function as course facilitators, guiding their student interactions with online expert lecturers, as they collaboratively teach these new cheminformatic and chemical information science competencies and skills to their students. We will present a course management system designed for online intercollegiate curriculum delivery, where, through tagging, facilitators can customize the intercollegiate course content to their individual class needs, as their students interact with online lecturers, facilitators and students from other institutions. Participants of the BCCE have an opportunity to offer this course to their students and further information is available at the development site, http://olcc.ccce.us/ .

P159: Education projects of the ACS CHED Committee on Computers in Chemical Education (CCCE)

Author: Robert E. Belford, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, USA

Co-Author:

Date: 8/4/14

Time: 9:35 AM9:55 AM

Room: LTT 102

Related Symposium: S17

This presentation provides an overview of CCCE activities, including descriptions of the Newsletter, ConfChem Online Conferences, and Intercollegiate OnLine College Courses (OLCCs). Further information on the CCCE can be found at http://www.ccce.divched.org/, and two projects will be introduced, the Folksonomy Indexed ConfChem Archives and the Cheminformatics OLCC.Folksonomic Indexed ConfChem and Newsletter Archives: Through the folksonomy, a social-semantic web technology utilizing social tags that reflect the lexicon of a user community, users will be able to create organic evolving knowledge frameworks across related but disparate resources within the ConfChem and CCCE Newsletter archives. Through a tag filtration process it will be shown how one can thematically connect articles of digitized Newsletters dating back to 1983 to the latest ConfChem and Newsletter online presentations and discussions. Cheminformatics OLCC: This OLCC targets the cheminformatic and chemical information science needs of undergraduate chemistry majors, and is the first OLCC offered since the 2004 OLCC on Chemical Hygiene. OLCCs are a hybrid type of MOOC involving residential faculty functioning as facilitators, guiding student interactions with online expert lecturers, collaboratively teaching the OLCC’s subject domain competencies and skills to their students. A course management system is being designed for intercollegiate collaborative curriculum delivery, enabling facilitators to customize course content to their individual classes, as their students interact with online lecturers, facilitators and students from other institutions. This OLCC will allow any college to offer a cutting-edge course in Cheminformatics and Chemical Information science. For further information, go to http://olcc.ccce.us/ or contact Bob Belford (rebelford@ualr.edu).