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Workshops & Exercises have been adapted from a large, robust body of work, which serve as learning/discussion tools in  an NSF funded project, Peer Lead Team Learning (PLTL). The principals of PLTL are: David K. Gosser, Mark S. Cracolice, J.A. Kampmeier, Vicki Roth, Victor S. Strozak, and Pratibha Varma-Nelson. The PLTL project was supported by National Science Foundation grants: NSF/DUE 9450627 and NSF/DUE 9455920.

ChemCases lets you learn chemistry and enjoy doing it by applying the same chemical principles that the inventors used develop the products you use. And you can join with other learners to debate the fundamental issues that confront these scientists as they make responsible decisions about what they do. Each ChemCases unit offers a 50-minute lesson relating chemistry to responsible decision making in our new century. Developed at . Chemcases is a National Science Foundation supported curriculum development project: NSF Grant DUE-9652889.

Clickers in the Classroom: More than 15 years ago Eric Mazur pioneered the active engagement of students during his Physics classes at Harvard University by interspersing concept questions approximately every 15 minutes during what previously had been a traditional lecture. Students answered these questions using individual electronic response devices, which are now known by many names, but are most often referred to as clickers. Research has indicated that this pedagogy is more effective than traditional lecture in effectively engaging students in active learning. The use of classroom response systems has spread widely to many disciplines and to many colleges and universities.

Virtual Chemistry Experiments: Virtual Chemistry Experiments are a collection of interative web-based chemistry tutorials written by David Blauch (Davidson College). The tutorials employ Physlets and Chemistry Applets to simulate experiments or depict molecular and atomic structure. The guiding concept is to involve the read in making observations and acquiring data, and then using this information to draw conclusions and infer chemical principles. The interactive content is made possible through the use of Java. Exercises dealing with molecular and electronic structure also employ Java3D. Virtual Chemistry Experiments web pages may be downloaded and deployed locally.

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