Committee on Computers in Chemical Education Report, Spring 2016

Robert E. Belford, Chair [rebelford@ualr.edu]
Jennifer Muzyka, Co-chair [jennifer.muzyka@centre.edu]

The Committee on Computers in Chemical Education is a standing committee of the Division of Chemical Education, which according to the bylaws “seeks to encourage, publicize and support the development, implementation and assessment of computing technologies in chemical education”. The CCCE runs an annual online newsletter, and as a service to the general chemical education community hosts the online ConfChem conferences, both of which can be accessed through our web site, http://confchem.ccce.divched.org/ .

The Spring 2016 ConfChem will be on Science, Disarmament, and Diplomacy in Chemistry Education: The Example of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Jonathan E. Foreman of OPCW and Robert E. Belford of the CCCE are organizing this ConfChem. Further information can be found at http://confchem.ccce.divched.org/2016SpringConfChem.

The Fall 2016 ConfChem will highlight selected presentations from CCCE sponsored symposia of the 2016 BCCE, including recordings of those presentations.  Jennifer Muzyka and Bob Belford of the CCCE are organizing this ConfChem.

The Fall 2017 ConfChem will be on Mathematics in First-Year Chemistry Instruction. Cary Kilner and Eric Nelson are organizing this ConfChem and further information can be found at http://confchem.ccce.divched.org/2017SpringConfChem.

The CCCE ran an intercollegiate course in Cheminformatics in Fall 2015 in collaboration with ACS CINF.   Further information can be found on the course website, http://olcc.ccce.divched.org/.  CHED and CINF received an ACS interdivisional IPG grant to support student travel to the Spring 2016 ACS national meeting where students from UNF, UALR, WVU and Centre College will present their Cheminformatics OLCC projects in a special oral symposium.  We plan to offer a second course in the spring of 2017.  The Spring 2017 Cheminformatics course will focus on connecting Big Data to the chemical workspace.  Anyone interested in participating should contact Bob Belford, rebelford@ualr.edu.

Upcoming CCCE Sponsored Events:
252nd ACS National Meeting, August 21-25, 2016, Philadelphia
Bringing Cheminformatics into the College Chemistry Classroom, organized by Robert E. Belford (rebelford@ualr.edu) & Sunghwan Kim (kimsungh@ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)
Symposium Abstract: This symposium seeks papers on various topics related to the teaching of Cheminformatics to Chemistry majors. We seek papers related to the use of Cheminformatics technologies and resources in both Cheminformatics and other classes across the curriculum. The objective of this symposium is to provide educators and cheminformaticians the opportunity to share resources and experiences.

2016 BCCE, July 31-August 4, 2016, University of Northern Colorado
Social Networking in Chemical Education Research
Organizer(s) name/email: Tanya Gupta (tanya.gupta@sdstate.edu); David Cartrette (David.Cartrette@sdstate.edu) & Akash Mehta (akash.mehta@sdstate.edu)
Symposium Abstract:   Social networking tools such as Facebook and Twitter have gained attention of education researchers. Researchers have found these tools to be beneficial for social discourse and relevant for online learning communities. Several research studies are in progress to establish the benefits of social networking in various STEM disciplines. Through SNiCER symposium at 2016-BCCE, we invite research presentations on the use of social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter etc. that focus on Chemical Education research. Presentation in this symposium for example may include using social networking sites for research on establishing affective communication, support for learning chemistry, problem solving, online learning communities and/or any other relevant ongoing research on teaching and learning of chemistry through these sites.

Active Learning in Organic Chemistry
Organized by Cathy Welder (catherine.o.welder@dartmouth.edu) and Jennifer Muzyka (jennifer.muzyka@centre.edu)
Symposium Abstract:  Studies over the past decade have shown the use of active learning pedagogies in the classroom result in positive student learning outcomes in science courses.  These improved outcomes include higher test scores and final grades, improved conceptual understanding of content, lower withdrawal rates and improved attitudes toward science.  There are a number of techniques that can be implemented to make the classroom a more active learning environment, including those that can be retrofitted into a traditional lecture or used to completely flip the classroom.  This symposium includes presentations of organic chemistry faculty who have implemented active learning, broadly defined, in their organic courses. It is sponsored by Chemistry Collaborations, Workshops & Community of Scholars, cCWCS.

Homework: Past, Present, and Future
Organizer(s) name/email: Michelle Richards-Babb (mrichar2@wvu.edu), Erik Epp (eepp@webassign.net) and John Penn jpenn2@wvu.edu )
Symposium Abstract:  The nature of homework has changed dramatically over the years, as electronically web-accessible homework can be structured and assigned. This brings pedagogical advantages for both faculty and students. Yet, there is still discussion about the teaching effectiveness of homework methodology and whether there is truly an advantage to electronic methodology. This symposium is intended to bring together the leaders in the field of homework (whether general chemistry or organic chemistry) to discuss the advantages and the pitfalls of recent advances in electronically deliverable homework

Web-based Resources for Chemical Education
Organized by Bob Belford (rebelford@ualr.edu), John Penn (jpenn2@wvu.edu), and Jennifer Muzyka (jennifer.muzyka@centre.edu)
Symposium Abstract: This symposium seeks presentations on resources that can be obtained over the Internet, and ways they can be utilized for the teaching and learning of chemistry. We are seeking presentations that address perspectives of development and implementation of web based technologies, and their applications to classroom, hybrid and online learning environments. Topics such as the application of mobile devices, and how social networking and semantic web technologies are influencing chemical education are also encouraged. The objective of this symposium is to provide educators and developers opportunities to share resources and experiences. This symposium is sponsored by the ACS CHED Committee on Computers in Chemical Education, http://www.ccce.divched.org/.

Adopting and Adapting the ChemWiki for use in your Curriculum,
Organized by Delmar Larsen (dlarsen@ucdavis.edu)
Workshop Abstract: The ChemWiki currently benefits over 60 million students per year and is arguably the most visited chemistry website in the world. Central to its success is the construction and adoption of faculty specific and freely accessible "Wikitexts" that substitute for costly conventional textbooks in post-secondary courses. These Wikitexts are assembles by incorporating content from an extensive network of existing chemistry and broader STEM materials. This workshop will serve as a collaborative hands-on development session to introduce faculty to the ChemWiki with “hands-on” demonstrations of current capabilities including 3D visualization, online homework capabilities, student assessment, and numerical data analysis infrastructure. Workshop will construct individualized Wikitexts and will be assisted by ChemWiki development team members. Participants will also be guaranteed five hours of personalized support afterward to facilitate continued adaption and adoption of the ChemWiki into individual classrooms. This workshop is sponsored by the ACS CHED Committee on Computers in Chemical Education.

 Introduction to PubChem
Organized by Sunghwan Kim (kimsungh@ncbi.nlm.nih.gov), Evan Bolton (bolton@ncbi.nlm.nih.gov), and Bob Belford (rebelford@ualr.edu)
Workshop Abstract:  PubChem (https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov) is an open archive and public chemical information resource available at the U.S. National Library of Medicine.  It includes information on chemical substances and their biological activities from hundreds of data sources and disseminates this information to the public free of charge.  As the amount and types of information have grown, so too has usage.  Some websites now rank PubChem as a top-five chemistry website, with 1.5M unique users per month.  As a result, there is a need to educate students and researchers on how to use PubChem.  This hands-on workshop will provide educators with essential knowledge about PubChem, including many important and useful features about the website, such as: how to navigate and search using various query types (for example, using chemical name and structure); how to find compounds that may inhibit a particular protein, gene, or pathway; and how to access PubChem information programmatically.

251st ACS National Meeting, March 13-17, 2016, San Diego
Computer-Aided Data Analysis in Chemical Education Research (CADACER)
Organizer(s) name/email: Tanya Gupta (tanya.gupta@sdstate.edu ); David Cartrette (David.Cartrette@sdstate.edu ) & Akash Mehta (akash.mehta@sdstate.edu)
Symposium Abstract:  Chemical Education has seen a rapid advancement in the past decade. There have been growing discussions among researchers in the chemical education community regarding the theoretical frameworks and the research methods appropriate for conducting studies in chemical education in addition to the discussions on the application of CER in advancing teaching and learning of chemistry in K-12 and higher education institutions. Advances in technology have made chemical education to be a fascinating area of research. With the advent of novel technology based research tools available to the CER community it is also important to discuss the application of computer-based tools (software and hardware for example-ATLAS.ti, SPSS, Eye-trackers) that researchers are using for analyzing their data and generating findings. Through this symposium the purpose of organizers is to bring together experts from industry and academia to shed light on the computer assisted data analysis with respect to specific topics in CER, and to provide relevant examples to the audience on how they can use current technology to do authentic research using such technological platforms for qualitative, quantitative and/ or mixed methods of research. 

Fall 2015 InterCollegiate Cheminformatics Course
Organizer(s) name/email: Robert E. Belford (rebelford@ualr.edu), Leah R. McEwen (lrm1@cornell.edu) and Stuart H. Chalk (schalk@unf.edu)
Symposium Abstract:  In the Fall of 2015 five universities participated in an experimental course to offer their students a chance to learn some new cheminformatic principles and techniques dealing with the representation of chemicals and chemical data. A unique course management system was developed for this hybrid course that facilitated student interaction with both online cheminformatic guest lecturers and resident teaching faculty. Many of the activities in the class are project based and this symposium will not only provide a chance for both faculty and students to share their experiences with this novel form of curriculum delivery, but provide a chance for students to present their projects, many of which will be designed to connect various aspects of big data repositories and services like PubChem and ChemSpider to the practicing chemist’s workspace through the generation of smart spreadsheets and documents.  A second offering of the course is planned for the spring of 2017.  This symposium is co-sponsored by ACS CHED and CINF and an off-site dinner reception is planed that anyone interested in learning more or participating in the 2017 offering is welcome to join.

Homework: Past, Present, and Future
Organizer(s) name/email: Michelle Richards-Babb (mrichar2@wvu.edu), Erik Epp (eepp@webassign.net) and John Penn (jpenn2@wvu.edu)
Symposium Abstract:   The nature of homework has changed dramatically over the years, as electronically web-accessible homework can be structured and assigned. This brings pedagogical advantages for both faculty and students. Yet, there is still discussion about the teaching effectiveness of homework methodology and whether there is truly an advantage to electronic methodology. This symposium is intended to bring together the leaders in the field of homework (whether general chemistry or organic chemistry) to discuss the advantages and the pitfalls of recent advances in electronically deliverable homework.

Anyone interested in joining the CCCE, in contributing an article to our next Newsletter (planned for Spring 2017) or organizing a future ConfChem shold contact Bob Belford, rebelford@ualr.edu or Jennifer Muzyka, jennifer.muzyka@centre.edu.

 

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