Chemistry practical work is integral to chemistry education. Laboratory sessions make chemical equations come alive, allowing students to see, and sometimes smell, taste or feel, the outcomes of these interactions.
Current technology cannot replicate this learning experience. However, online courseware can facilitate the conduct of practicals.
Dr Adrian Michael Lee, from the Department of Chemistry, noticed that chemistry students were generally unprepared for laboratory sessions. Students were not familiar with the techniques used as well as the skills the chemistry involved. Moreover, most depend entirely on the laboratory briefing instead of reading the practical sheet.
Having seen how Bristol University used an online solution to tackle similar problems, Dr Lee approached CIT to create online courseware which would make laboratory preparation interesting, interactive and thorough.
With Dr Lee’s input, CIT developed the Interactive Chemistry Laboratory Manual (ICLM), online courseware which provides students all the information and instructional resources to perform laboratory experiments. Dr Lee, the subject-matter expert, provided content. CIT designed the courseware, filmed the videos, took the photos and created various interactive elements.
Since the start of AY 2008/09, ICLM has been available online for chemistry students taking certain modules. Students can visit the site before the laboratory session to run through everything that they need to know about the experiment.
As laboratory time is precious, ICLM allows students to familiarize themselves with the experiments before the practical classes. ICLM covers all aspects of the experiments, from safety to preparation, from conducting to report-writing. Instructions, relevant information, data sheets and other materials cover the experiment before, during and after the laboratory session.
The materials are presented in different formats: video clips of laboratory techniques, simulations, virtual instruments, interactive materials, formative and summative tests on material and pre-laboratory safety assessments have all been combined to form a guide that chemistry students can use with ease.
With ICLM, students have one less excuse for not being prepared for chemistry practicals.
You might have heard about the Wimba Podcaster in IVLE. Now, you can create threaded voice discussions in IVLE communities using Wimba Voice Board, which works on similar technology.
A threaded voice discussion is very similar to a regular discussion forum. A person starts a discussion thread and anyone can reply to that particular thread or start a totally different thread. The difference with Wimba Voice Board is that you record your voice instead of discussing with text. This audio-based discussion forum has great potential in language learning communities.
Before you start recording, you will need:
a) A Java-enabled browser. (download Java from Java.com)
b) A microphone connected to your computer. (You might need to un-mute the microphone and point to the correct device in your computer’s sound settings – Control Panel for PC, System Preferences for Mac.)
Let’s get started.
NUS Galleria? NUScast? NUS YouTube? All of them deal with streaming video, so why are there three different services? This guide features each service and highlights the most appropriate uses for each of them.
NUS Galleria | galleria.nus.edu.sg
What is it?
NUS Galleria is a digital media repository which allows individual departments to permanently store and tag digital media assets such as corporate and informational videos and photographs. The aim of NUS Galleria is to keep a permanent record of digital media assets for NUS.
When to use it?
NUS departments should use NUS Galleria when they have good quality digital media assets that they will feel will be of value to NUS in the future.
NUScast | nuscast.nus.edu.sg
What is it?
NUScast is NUS’ webcast channel that streams live and recorded events, public and private seminars and webcast/podcast lectures.
When to use it?
If you have an event or seminar recorded and would like to stream it to NUS staff or students, then consider using NUScast service. All webcast lectures also come under NUScast.
NUS YouTube | www.youtube.com/nuscast
What is it?
NUS now has an official channel at the popular video sharing site YouTube. NUS YouTube is used to promote important events and seminars at NUS to all users and potential students.
When to use it?
If you want to generate more visibility to your organisation world-wide and have a constant stream of good quality events and seminars then you can consider using NUS YouTube.
To create your presence at NUS YouTube, you will need to seek CIT’s help.
Please note the comments function in NUS YouTube is switched on, so there may be comments on the videos.
All three media repositories work together to achieve specific objectives while at the same time providing flexibility to NUS stakeholders.
For a summary of these services, please download the video streaming services table.
The Remote Webcast Recording IQ Project won the Gold Award at the NUS In-house National IQC Convention. Congratulations to the Webcast Team!
CIT is selected to showcase the Remote Webcast Recording IQ Project at the NUS In-house National IQC (Innovation & Quality Circles) Convention on Thursday, 20 November 2008 from 9am to 2pm. This event will be held at the University Hall auditorium, Level 2.