Chemistry Education

Division Representatives

Jessica D'eon, University of Toronto
Andy Dicks, University of Toronto

Symposia, Organizers and Invited Speakers

Chemistry Education Research

Organizers:
Alison Flynn, University of Ottawa
Stephen MacNeil, Wilfrid Laurier University

Invited Speakers:
Tom Holme, Iowa State University, USA
Resa Kelly, San Jose State University, USA

This symposium invites chemistry education research submissions that report all types of CER studies. We will build on past successful symposia, starting in 2014 (Vancouver), 2015 (Ottawa), and 2016 (Halifax), making 2017 the 4th consecutive year with a CER symposium. New this year, we will ask the invited speaker to give a lunchtime workshop or discussion session on chemistry education research to further build the skills in our community. Presentations on the emerging topics of metacognition and the affective domain of learning are particularly welcome.

First and Second Year Undergraduate Teaching Initiatives

Organizers:
Noel George, Ryerson University
Anne Johnson, Ryerson University

Invited Speaker:
Joshua Ring, Lenoir-Rhyne University, USA

Introductory-level classes offer a fantastic opportunity to engage a large number of undergraduates and to “turn them on” to chemistry. Effective strategies with these students increase enrolment in upper-year courses and improve their university experience overall. This session affords an opportunity to discuss and share any approach (e.g. an aspect of technology, outreach, lecture format, etc…) that has proved impactful within this student cohort.

Glancing Back and Looking Ahead: Chemistry History, Culture & Outreach

Organizers:
Peter Mahaffy, The King’s University
Stephen McNeil, University of British Columbia - Okanagan
Geoff Rayner-Canham, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Invited Speakers:
Gillian Cooper, NSERC
Jay Ingram, Author of "The End of Memory" and "The Science of Why”
Laura Ingram, University of Waterloo
Dietmar Kennepohl, Athabasca University
Penny Le Couteur, Author of "Napoleon's Buttons: 17 Molecules that Changed History”
Geoff Rayner-Canham, Memorial University of Newfoundland

To appreciate and to capitalize upon 100 years of Canadian chemistry, we must first perceive it in the context of our history and culture. Then, we must plan for the future, by developing public outreach strategies that will excite current and future generations of learners of all ages. This symposium looks to engage in an in-depth and broad discussion of current, future, and past outreach and chemistry cultural initiatives.

Guided-inquiry Learning in Chemistry

Organizer:
Jennifer Duis, Northern Arizona University, USA

Invited Speaker:
Jennifer Lewis, University of South Florida, USA

Chemistry labs, lectures and tutorials have traditionally been rather prescriptive in nature. This symposium is a venue to discuss effective teaching strategies across the curriculum that broadly foster exchange between instructor and student. These might include examples where students are actively involved in decision-making and/or problem-solving processes.

Incorporating Research into the Chemistry Classroom & Laboratory

Organizers:
Lana Mikhaylichenko, University of Toronto - Scarborough
Barb Morra, University of Toronto

Invited Speakers:
Rich Gurney, Simmons College, USA
Nancy Lee, Simmons College, USA

One of the most effective ways of training fledgling chemists within an undergraduate program is by giving them the opportunity to experience the challenges and problem-solving associated with chemical research. This symposium highlights new teaching methods that bridge the gap between the classroom and research laboratory by introducing a real research problem in an undergraduate setting.

Instrumental Analysis in Chemistry Education

Organizer:
Guillaume Bussiere, University of British Columbia

Invited Speaker:
Dan Sykes, Penn State University, USA

Performing analytical measurements and interpreting their results is a critical component of chemistry education. This symposium provides a platform to discuss the use of analytical instrumentation in teaching across the traditional chemistry sub-disciplines and beyond.

Student Presentations in Chemistry Education & Outreach

Organizer:
David Stone, University of Toronto

This session is open to all undergraduate and graduate student presentations describing research and innovation in the areas of chemistry advocacy, education, and outreach. Examples include basic research into learning chemistry, novel laboratory experiments or tutorial exercises, improvements in pedagogy, and successful outreach initiatives and activities. All student presenters will be considered for a Reg Friesen Chemistry Education Award.

The Many Faces of Experiential Learning

Organizers:
Paul Piunno, University of Toronto - Mississauga
Judith Poë, University of Toronto - Mississauga

Invited Speaker:
Joseph Gardella, State University of New York - Buffalo, USA

There is a broad spectrum of activities that embody experiential learning: research projects, interdisciplinary collaborations, service learning, problem–based learning, internships and coop programs. In this symposium new initiatives in experiential learning will be presented. Research on the effectiveness of experiential learning activities will also be welcome.

General Session

Organizers:
Jessica D'eon, University of Toronto
Andy Dicks, University of Toronto

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