Development of Online Support Material (Pre-lab Technical Films and Moodle Quizzes) to Facilitate Transition into Year 1 Chemistry

Watts, C., Soler, L. and Gray, J. (2020) Development of Online Support Material (Pre-lab Technical Films and Moodle Quizzes) to Facilitate Transition into Year 1 Chemistry. vVICEPHEC20: Variety in Chemistry Education and Physics Higher Education Conference, 17-21 Aug 2020. (Unpublished)

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Students transitioning from school to Year 1 undergraduate Chemistry face multiple challenges, including complexity of the new lab environment. Feedback from Glasgow students shows that they felt overwhelmed by the amount of learning involved in Year 1 Chemistry. Pre-lab resources (online simulations) have been available to Year 1 students for some time in Glasgow and results show that this active learning approach improves student confidence and proficiency. While effective, simulations do not demonstrate the specific equipment that our students encounter. Therefore, we began a project to create tailored online support material. This involved producing short pre-lab films, demonstrating key techniques encountered in our Year 1 labs. The films were made accessible using subtitling and text pop-ups. They highlight safety information and practical advice, as well as assist students to familiarise themselves with the kit and labs that they will use in Year 1. In order to build on the visual learning associated with videos, accompanying Moodle quizzes were also developed. We have shown that this combination of pre-lab resources improves the learning experience of Year 1 students, by supporting varied learning styles. We will also measure impact of these resources on the transition from school to university, focussing on student perceptions of ability and preparedness.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Watts, Dr Ciorsdaidh and Soler, Dr Linnea
Authors: Watts, C., Soler, L., and Gray, J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Infection & Immunity
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
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