Jen Bayline, Ashley Smith, CHM 270L: Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
Students made short videos that demonstrated the set-up, techniques, and instrumentation for each lab experiment being done in CHM 270. They used smart phones and video editing software (freeware, iMovie, etc), filming while they completed their assigned experiment. Videos have been found to prepare students for lab more effectively than just a simple lecture. They have also been used as a tool for social networking and engagement with a chemistry lab. Learning to communicate science to a broad audience is a critical skill identified by the American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training. We hoped to accomplish a combination of these goals by engaging students in an unexpected (and creative) manner through the production of videos. In doing so, our goal was to develop a library of videos that can be shown to future students. While the assignment is on-going, we have seen an array of videos thus far, ranging from pedantic and tutorial-like to eye-catching and entertaining. This assignment was a pilot in nature but could potentially be used to for other lab courses, creating a platform in which students can make a lasting contribution to the chemistry program and, at the same time, generate videos that can be readily shared across social media, potentially engaging a wider community.
Assisted by Ben Stoviak (ITS), Beth Miller (Library).