Chemistry in the Time of COVID-19: Reflections on a Very Unusual Semester
Stephen George-Williams, Alice Motion, Reyne Pullen, Peter J. Rutledge, Siegbert Schmid, and Shane Wilkinson
Journal of Chemical Education
Educators around the world have been challenged to adapt their teaching and pastoral care rapidly in response to the coronavirus pandemic. In this article, we, the academic members of the Chemistry Education and Communication Research Theme (CECR) from the School of Chemistry at the University of Sydney, reflect on the challenges and successes over the course of this most unusual semester.
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Dr. Magdalena Wajrak, Senior Lecturer, Edith Cowan University, School of Science
Honourable Mention Finalist The ability of a chemistry student to consolidate and link theoretical concepts and experimental observations is a key skill. Through electronic lab books, pre and post-lab exercises linking LabSims, videos and questions were developed and implemented into teaching. These helped students visualise and understand experiments better, improving their laboratory experience. Students left the lab with a deeper understanding and more excited about studying chemistry.
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Dr. Andrew Allsebrook, Lead Demonstrator at the University of Queensland
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His passion to provide the best learning opportunities for the students created a rewarding collaboration and a transformed lab experience.
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