Title

Creating Short Video Podcasts to Enhance Student Learning: Outcomes from Introductory Organic Chemistry

Presenter Information

Kevin Shea, Smith CollegeFollow

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Submission Type

Event

Abstract

In this presentation, Prof. Shea will explain his goals and motivation for incorporating short video podcasts into Organic Chemistry I and II; show a short clip and describe the hardware, software, and technical support needed to make the videos, and summarize student feedback on and his assessment of the project. Organic Chemistry I and II are large classes (50-90 students) populated mostly by first- and second-year students. Prior to the podcast Shea had worked hard to make class time more interactive and student-centered, shifting student's first exposure to the material outside of class so that they could then discuss student questions and comments in class. However, students complained that they were unable to learn the material from the book and searched the Internet for videos and other resources to “help” them. Shea thus decided to make his own 5-15 minute videos, which focus on introducing new topics, presenting problem solving strategies, solving example problems, and clarifying questions from class. Feedback from students has very positive and both class discussion and student performance on problem sets has improved significantly. An unexpected personal connection also developed between the professor and students through the use of this technology.

Session

Session 5: Flip 1 -- Organic Chemistry

Location

Thomas 110

Start Date

5-21-2014 4:00 PM

End Date

5-21-2014 5:00 PM

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Creating Short Video Podcasts to Enhance Student Learning: Outcomes from Introductory Organic Chemistry

Thomas 110

In this presentation, Prof. Shea will explain his goals and motivation for incorporating short video podcasts into Organic Chemistry I and II; show a short clip and describe the hardware, software, and technical support needed to make the videos, and summarize student feedback on and his assessment of the project. Organic Chemistry I and II are large classes (50-90 students) populated mostly by first- and second-year students. Prior to the podcast Shea had worked hard to make class time more interactive and student-centered, shifting student's first exposure to the material outside of class so that they could then discuss student questions and comments in class. However, students complained that they were unable to learn the material from the book and searched the Internet for videos and other resources to “help” them. Shea thus decided to make his own 5-15 minute videos, which focus on introducing new topics, presenting problem solving strategies, solving example problems, and clarifying questions from class. Feedback from students has very positive and both class discussion and student performance on problem sets has improved significantly. An unexpected personal connection also developed between the professor and students through the use of this technology.