Network tools across a distributed research project: reflections on the first two years of 'Learning
This paper reviews the contribution of electronic tools to the 'Learning how to Learn' project and discuss a number of analytical frameworks within which electronic tools for project management and community building may be conceptualised. It then describes how some specific elements of the website have developed in response to the project design and user needs and offer some preliminary analysis of their use. It identifies a number of areas for further investigation and some extant research que
Teachers as researchers and teachers as software developers: how use-case analysis helps build bette
A series of government initiatives has raised both the profile of ICT in the curriculum and the expectation that high quality teaching and learning resources will be accessible across electronic networks. In order for e-learning resources such as websites to have the maximum educational impact, teachers need to be involved in their design and development. Use-case analysis provides a means of defining user requirements and other constraints in such a way that software developers can produce e-le
Teaching 'Ideas about Science': case studies from the classroom
In this paper, we report work undertaken with a group of 11 teachers over a period of a year to teach aspects of the nature of science. The teachers, who taught science in a mix of elementary, junior high, and high schools, were asked to teach components of the nature of science for which consensus had been established using a Delphi study in the first phase of the project. Data were collected through field notes, videos, teachers’ reflective diaries, instruments that measured their understand
Learning in the professional workplace: relationships between learning factors and contextual factor
Evidence was collected from a set of two visits (several months apart) to 16 trainee accountants, 34 graduate trainee engineers and 40 newly qualified nurses. Each visit involved 1-2 days observation and an interview. Analysis led to a two-triangle model depicting the relations between the key variables: a triangle of interacting Learning Factors -- confidence and commitment, the challenge and value of the work, feedback and support; and a similar triangle of interacting Context Factors – allo
This clip shows students discovering in Cabri what happens to an enlargement when you have a negative scale factor.,29
The RCBN Consultation Exercise: Stakeholder Report (EXECUTIVE SUMMARY)
One of the early objectives of the ESRC Teaching and Learning Research Programme (TLRP) Research Capacity Building Network has been to undertake an extensive consultation exercise in order to identify the priorities for research capacity-building and to generate a database of expertise from across the UK educational research community. This report provides an account of the first element of the consultation exercise, interviews with twenty-five key stakeholders each representing the major consti
Levels of Measurement
To understand the different levels of measurement including nominal, ration, ordinal and scale measurements and the arithmetic operations that can be performed on them
Examining ionic and covalent between atoms.
This website developed by Preetha Ram at Emory is intended to provide web-based support for a problem-based learning exercise focused on forensics. Students work in teams to solve a crime using data from a variety of sources (victim\'s journal, incident reports, coroner\'s reports). The materials are decidedly unique and the approach is likely to be of interest to a large number of faculty and students because of current popular interest in forensics. It should be noted that there are several b
Using Pseudoscience as an Aid to Teaching General and Analytical Chemistry
This site developed by Michael Epstein, Margaret Bullard, Brad Buehler, and Robin Kloster, Department of Science, Mount Saint Mary\'s College contains case studies and experiments, used at this college in Maryland, that could be readily incorporated into an analytical chemistry course. Their inclusion of pseudoscientific topics include (a) lecture, discussion, and examinations; (b) demonstrations; (c) laboratory experiments; and (d) student attendance at a conference where controversial research
About Teaching - But I Teach a Large Class
This webpage authored by a Biology Professor from the University of Delaware in 1996 addresses the question of how one might adapt the problem-based learning approach for use in a large classroom setting. The page contains no links. The information is not dated and will be useful to all teaching faculty concerned with this question.
You can watch simulations of atoms and molecules colliding with a metallic matrix. See crystal structures disrupted and atoms sputtered.
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
This website serves as a primer for understanding the fundamentals of NMR spectroscopy. Plenty of useful figures and animations that enhance the understanding of nuclear spin, shielding, and how these phenomena serve as the basis for NMR.
Approaches to Cell Biology Teaching: Learning Content in Context - Problem-Based Learning
Excellent article on problem-based learning that will be an invaluable resource to any interested instructor. The authors review the literature on problem-based learning, provide examples of the use of PBL in the biology classroom. The article includes a discussion of strategies for application of PBL in large enrollment courses, summarizes assessment data, and provides an invaluable bibliography, many of which are web-based resources.
Cyclic Voltammetry Simulator
This simulator allows the modeling of responses from experiments in cyclic voltammetry, and is applicable to a wide variety of parameters. Excellent instructional aids in text form include description of electrochemical reversibility, diffusion, instrumentation and interpretation of cyclic voltammograms, with real-time demonstration of parameter changes.
A site with animation that provides a very brief introduction to the idea of separation of components in a mixture and a set of instructions for students for separating colored compounds by paper chromatography (on coffee filters). The appropriate audience would be students in a high-school or introductory, non major\'s college chemistry class.
Learning to Learn: An Introduction to Capillary Electrophoresis
This article describes a problem based learning approach to analytical chemistry labs using capillary electrophoresis as the instrumental method. The on-line link requires a password for The Chemical Educator to get the full article. The article also describes a lab that is an example of problem based learning. Students, playing the role of lab technicians, learn how to use the instrument in order to perform an analysis.
This site contains materials from a lecture course in Biophysics, covering activity, free energy, equilibrium constants, and effect of pH on redox potentials, potentiometry, and reaction rates. The redox-specific content is based on interesting biological reactions not often found in chemistry texts.