Session S31a (Monday, 9:30am, Osmond 101)

P133: Put some movie wow in your chemistry classroom

Mark Griep (University of Nebraska – Lincoln, USA)

Movie clips are used during lecture to animate chemical topics in a way that grabs student attention. They give students a strong anchor upon which they can contextualize the lesson. To find the most pedagogically useful clips, we formulated a hypothesis that clips with popular actors, incredible sets, memorable dialog, and special chemical effects would be most useful for instruction because they would have the strongest anchoring capacity. That is, clips with more Wow! should be more useful for teaching and learning. The results of our study establish a set of criteria for choosing clips from feature films that chemistry instructors can use to grab the student attention and maximize learning.

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