Monday July 30, AM Workshops

W10: IONiC/VIPEr: Using and Sharing Inorganic Chemistry Education Resources

Lori Watson, Earlham College
Hilary J. Eppley, DePauw University
Sheila R. Smith, University of Michigan – Dearborn
Joanne L. Stewart, Stewart Hope College

Inorganic chemistry finds its way into the curriculum at a variety of levels from general chemistry to upper division undergraduate courses. VIPEr (the Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource) is a website ( that provides a platform to share content and materials for the teaching of each subfield of inorganic chemistry, while building a community of inorganic faculty known as IONiC.  In the first half of the workshop, participants will be introduced to the IONiC community and to the materials that are available to both members and nonmembers via the VIPEr website. Participants will learn how to design and upload a “learning object” (in-class activity, literature discussion, laboratory, etc.) to the site, and will be encouraged to contribute one of their own activities.  The second half of the workshop will focus on ways to enhance collaboration between instructors and foster virtual interactions with students using technology. Topics will include chatrooms, software for sharing ideas among teachers, pencasting, and emerging technologies like Google+. Participants will explore the VIPEr forums, where a global audience of inorganic chemists discuss burning issues in inorganic teaching and research; 6-hour session.

Intended Audience:  UG; MAC platform

No fee; limit of 16 participants

Monday, July 30, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., 401 PTN


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