Untethering Lab Experiences in general Chemistry with Mobile Devices to Help Link Concepts in Lecture

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Presentation Date

Fall 9-8-2013

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246th ACS Meeting

Conference Location

Indianapolis, IN

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Chemists tend to be “assimilators” in terms of Kolb’s ter­minology for the learner. [1-2] Research has shown that more in-depth learning is facilitated when learners can adapt to new learning styles; thus, there are good reasons to provide students with experiential learning. Currently the lab exercises provided in gen­eral chemistry are useful only to a point, and do not give our students a wide range of empirical learning. Our goal has been to provide labs that stretch our students to become more engaged with the learning process, to ask questions at each stage, and to provide solutions which they “discover”. Delivering electronic lab manuals (ELM) and electronic lab notebooks (ELN) on mobile devices represents potentially an efficient and innovative mode to accomplish this. This project assesses: 1) video production and communication needs for the ELM in ePub format; 2) how to connect concepts between lab and lecture; and, 3) whether making these connections translates into better comprehension of concepts entailing general chemistry.

[1] David A Kobe, Richard E. Boyatzis and Charalampos Mainemelis In R. J. Sternberg and L. F. Zhang (Eds.), Perspectives on cognitive learning, and thinking styles. NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2000.

[2] David A. Kolb. Experiential learning: Experience as the source of learning and development. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, p.14, 1984.


mobile devices, education



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