2003 UNC Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference
March 2729, Greensboro, NC

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Solving the Lab-Science Distance Learning Dilemma: Doing Chemistry in Your Kitchen

Reeves, Jimmy         (910) 962-3456
      Associate Professor
      UNC Wilmington
First co-presenter: Mullen, Jennifer    
Organization: Cape Fear Community College
Second co-presenter: Heath, Barbara    
Organization: UNC Wilmington

Abstract (up to 200 words):
Offering a distance learning course in the sciences is complicated by the need to provide a meaningful lab experience for the distance learners. Although virtual laboratories can provide some semblance of the lab experience, they cannot reproduce the sights, smells and sounds of a laboratory, or help students develop lab techniques. To address this problem we have developed a series of Internet-based “Kitchen Chemistry” experiments that utilize equipment and chemicals available in local food and hardware stores, and enable students to experience chemistry in their homes. By combining these laboratory exercises with web-based lecture materials created at UNCW, we have developed a distance learning general chemistry course for science majors that has been successfully taught for five semesters at Cape Fear Community College. This presentation will outline the basic features of the course, examine some of the laboratory exercises, and provide assessment data that compares the performance of these distance learning community college students with university students taking a traditional chemistry course for science majors.

Session type:
Poster session (all day, 45 minutes interactive)

Time slots:
P1 - Th 4:45 - 5:30


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