Title: Virtual Chemistry Labs: a sound alternative to the traditional labs
Presenter(s): Lachlan Schwarz, Peter Vitez and Amita Krautloher
Division of Learning and Teaching
Session Type: Interactive Discussion
When: Friday, November 20th 2020 @ 10am – 11am
Abstract: The shift to online classes and residential schools due to COVID has presented a major challenge to running chemistry experiments traditionally run in laboratories. The digital media approach adopted to afford students the opportunity to complete a key subject requirement is worth considering in the post COVID world.
One experiment from a level 1 Chemistry subject will be demonstrated. This experiment was developed at relatively short notice, and certainly has room for further refinements. The multimedia approach allowed students to get as close a real experience as possible in the current climate.
This virtual experiment maintains the integrity/essence of the original one, requiring students to engage with the subject material and apply their analytical and critical thinking skills to demonstrate the achievement of key learning objectives. As the students in this course will eventually be working in the Chemistry labs, they will be gaining the hands-on experience, currently missing, at different stages of their learning.
Participants will be encouraged to consider application of multimedia approaches/objects in their subjects to complement other modes of education and enhance student engagement during COVID and post-COVID world. A shift to delivering Chemistry or other subjects completely online that were previously considered impossible may open up opportunities for a new kind of teaching and learning for the post-COVID 21st century students.
The following talking points will be addressed in the conversation:
- Designing multimedia objects to replace hands on learning experiences.
- Potential of applying this approach in a range of subjects and contexts