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Chemistry Disciplinary Resources

From the FLAGuide for Chemistry

ChemVIZ
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications has created ChemVIZ, a tool for computational chemistry visualizations and simulations. The site provides a series of lessons for use in the classroom. http://chemviz.ncsa.uiuc.edu/chemviz/content/home.html

Chemistry Coalitions
In 1994, the National Science Foundation awarded five grants whose intent was to produce systemic change in undergraduate chemistry education. Each of these initiatives can be accessed through the Multi-Initiative Dissemination Project (http://www.cchem.berkeley.edu/~midp/), a project that offers workshops on the work developed by the initiatives listed below.

  • Peer Led Team Learning Project
    "The Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) model preserves the lecture and introduces a new structure, a weekly two-hour workshop where students interact to solve carefully structured problems under the guidance of a peer leader." (quote taken from website) The PLTL has developed three books that present the problems for use in General Chemistry, General/Organic/Biochemistry, and in Organic Chemistry. Copies of the books can be obtained for free at this website.
    http://www.sci.ccny.cuny.edu/~chemwksp/index.html 
  • ChemConnections (ChemLinks and Modular Chemistry Consortiums)
    "The ChemLinks Coalition and the Modular Chemistry Consortium are developing and testing topical modules for the first two years of the college chemistry curriculum. These 2-4-week modules start with relevant real-world questions and develop the chemistry needed to answer them." (quote taken from website) Examples of modules are "What should we do about global warming?" and "Build a Better CD Player." http://chemlinks.beloit.edu 
  • Molecular Science
    The Molecular Science Consortium has created multiple assessment instruments. One computer-based assessment instrument is called "Calibrated Peer Review," which enables instructors to read and assess writing assignments and another is an exploratory computer-based tool called "Explorations," that allows students to formulate and test their own hypothesis while learning chemistry concepts (such as protein structures, spectra, and phase diagrams) http://www.molsci.ucla.edu/ 
  • New Traditions
    The major assessment product of the New Traditions Consortium is the FLAG website itself. The original version of the FLAG (as used by chemists) is available at above website. http://newtraditions.chem.wisc.edu