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Cottrell Scholars Collaborative New Faculty Workshop: Professional Development For New Chemistry Faculty And Initial Assessment Of Its Efficacy, Lane A. Baker, Devasmita Chakraverty, Linda Columbus, Andrew L. Feig, William S. Jenks, Matthew Pilarz, Marilyne Stains, Rory Waterman, Jodi L. Wesemann Oct 2014

Cottrell Scholars Collaborative New Faculty Workshop: Professional Development For New Chemistry Faculty And Initial Assessment Of Its Efficacy, Lane A. Baker, Devasmita Chakraverty, Linda Columbus, Andrew L. Feig, William S. Jenks, Matthew Pilarz, Marilyne Stains, Rory Waterman, Jodi L. Wesemann

Chemistry Publications

The Cottrell Scholars Collaborative New Faculty Workshop (CSC NFW) is a professional development program that was initiated in 2012 to address absences in the preparation of chemistry faculty at research universities as funded researchers and educators (i.e., teacher–scholars). The primary focus of the workshop is an introduction to evidence-based teaching methods; other topics including mentoring, work–life balance, time management, and grant writing are also addressed. A longer-term aim of the workshop is to develop lifelong teacher–scholars by encouraging workshop participants to engage with teaching-focused faculty learning communities through the CSC NFW and at their institutions. The ...


Improving Instructional Design With Better Analysis Of Assessment Data, Kristen L. Murphy, Thomas Holme Jan 2014

Improving Instructional Design With Better Analysis Of Assessment Data, Kristen L. Murphy, Thomas Holme

Chemistry Publications

As more instructors articulate learning objectives for their students within one course, or academic staff collaborate to articulate learning outcomes for programs, a robust means to assess student performance within these becomes increasingly important. The Examinations Institute of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Division of Chemical Education, has recently published content maps that utilise a structure of subdiscipline-independent fundamental concepts narrowing down to content details that are specific to subdisciplines. This structure has then been utilised to align items and can be used to assess student performance throughout a program. Learning objectives that are designed for a course can then ...


Investigating Faculty Familiarity With Assessment Terminology By Applying Cluster Analysis To Interpret Survey Data, Jeffrey R. Raker, Thomas Holme Jan 2014

Investigating Faculty Familiarity With Assessment Terminology By Applying Cluster Analysis To Interpret Survey Data, Jeffrey R. Raker, Thomas Holme

Chemistry Publications

A cluster analysis was conducted with a set of survey data on chemistry faculty familiarity with 13 assessment terms. Cluster groupings suggest a high, middle, and low overall familiarity with the terminology and an independent high and low familiarity with terms related to fundamental statistics. The six resultant clusters were found to be associated with key demographic variables such as institution type, chemistry subdiscipline, and years of teaching experience. Implications of this work include informing the creation of targeted professional development opportunities for faculty based on representative familiarity levels, leveraging both high and low familiarity with the 13 assessment terms.


Results Of A National Survey Of Biochemistry Instructors To Determine The Prevalence And Types Of Representations Used During Instruction And Assessment, Kimberly J. Linenberger, Thomas Holme Jan 2014

Results Of A National Survey Of Biochemistry Instructors To Determine The Prevalence And Types Of Representations Used During Instruction And Assessment, Kimberly J. Linenberger, Thomas Holme

Chemistry Publications

Chemists and chemistry educators have long sought meaningful ways to visualize fundamentally abstract components, such as atoms and molecules, of their trade. As technology has improved, computer-based visualization methods have infused both research and education in chemistry. Biochemistry, in particular, has become highly dependent on ways that large molecular systems can be represented, and how to best focus attention on the most critical aspects of the molecular system. To better understand the current state of educational efforts related to visual literacy, a needs assessment was developed and administered to a national sample of biochemistry instructors at four-year institutions (N = 536 ...


Comparing Recent Organizing Templates For Test Content Between Acs Exams In General Chemistry And Ap Chemistry, Thomas Holme Jan 2014

Comparing Recent Organizing Templates For Test Content Between Acs Exams In General Chemistry And Ap Chemistry, Thomas Holme

Chemistry Publications

Two different versions of “big ideas” rooted content maps have recently been published for general chemistry. As embodied in the content outline from the College Board, one of these maps is designed to guide curriculum development and testing for advanced placement (AP) chemistry. The Anchoring Concepts Content Map for general chemistry from the ACS Exams Institute is a component of a larger content map for the four-year undergraduate curriculum. This article compares the structure and content in these two maps to provide perspective on the current nature of the general chemistry curriculum. This contribution is part of a special issue ...


Infusing Sustainability Science Literacy Through Chemistry Education: Climate Science As A Rich Context For Learning Chemistry, Peter G. Mahaffy, Brian E. Martin, Mary Kirchhoff, Lallie Mckenzie, Thomas Holme, Ashley Versprille, Marcy Towns Jan 2014

Infusing Sustainability Science Literacy Through Chemistry Education: Climate Science As A Rich Context For Learning Chemistry, Peter G. Mahaffy, Brian E. Martin, Mary Kirchhoff, Lallie Mckenzie, Thomas Holme, Ashley Versprille, Marcy Towns

Chemistry Publications

Global science is paying increasingly urgent attention to sustainability challenges, as evidenced by initiatives such as the working group determining whether Earth has moved from the Holocene to the Anthropocene Epoch on the geologic time scale and the interdisciplinary efforts to define and quantify our planetary boundaries. Despite the fact that much of the scientific work underlying these initiatives is based on measurements of fundamental chemistry parameters, sustainability literacy has not been incorporated in any systematic way into the undergraduate chemistry curriculum. We report here on the philosophy and implementation of a NSF-funded initiative, Visualizing the Chemistry of Climate Change ...


The Role Of Non-Content Goals In The Assessment Of Chemistry Learning, Jessica J. Reed, Thomas Holme Jan 2014

The Role Of Non-Content Goals In The Assessment Of Chemistry Learning, Jessica J. Reed, Thomas Holme

Chemistry Publications

As technology continues to make information and facts readily accessible, the importance of understanding the context of the information and demonstrating how to use it appropriately will provide better indications of learning than factual recall. This chapter examines the manner in which curriculum and assessment reforms are moving toward promotion of student skill development beyond traditional content knowledge recall. A discussion of the current state of non-content skill assessment in chemistry is presented noting in particular that instructor interest in non-content aspects of learning appears to outpace the measurement of them. Additionally, the chapter presents data from a national survey ...


Exploring The Apparent Motivational Impact Of Resurrection Points From Final Exam Performance, Jeffrey R. Raker, Thomas Holme Jan 2014

Exploring The Apparent Motivational Impact Of Resurrection Points From Final Exam Performance, Jeffrey R. Raker, Thomas Holme

Chemistry Publications

This chapter examines the motivational impact of resurrection points; a systematic method for encouraging students to earn back missed points on semester exams through performance on the final exam. This method for utilizing hour exams as a type of formative assessment was explored for three courses across three years. Four of the nine individual courses sampled offered resurrection points. A student’s grade trajectory based on semester exam performance was used to predict how well a student needed to perform on the final exam to receive a particular course grade. The need to over or under perform based on semester ...


Review Of Pioneers Of Quantum Chemistry, Thomas Holme Jan 2014

Review Of Pioneers Of Quantum Chemistry, Thomas Holme

Chemistry Publications

There is little doubt that reading books other than textbooks represents an important component of maintaining knowledge for many chemistry educators. Nonetheless, with 30 or more books a year being produced by the ACS Symposium Series alone, how can choices be made about what merits reading time? Certainly, the presentation of current research trends that might influence the chemistry taught in courses represents one metric, but there are many additional worthy books. In terms of potential teaching treasures to be mined, time spent reading history of science presents a strong possibility.