Colourful Chemistry Or Not

I have been reading about how colour vision deficiency (colour blindness) can cause issues for people. I was very interested in this article (http://colororacle.org/resources/2007_JennyKelso_ColorDesign_lores.pdf) and several others about the difficulties in reading certain graphics and maps when red-blue colour scales are used. For example, temperature anomaly charts are often red-white-blue with red being hotter than […]

Uncomfortable Formats

First written in October 2015 and dredged out the drafts folder as I am yet again prepping for a distance learning module. I’m in the middle of prepping the first week of course materials for a distance learning module.  In theory I am converting a 1st/2nd year module delivered through 12 2-hour workshops in to […]

Not the What but the Why

I have genuinely been puzzled, not by what someone was doing (because let’s face it, I deal with students, what is irrelevant), but by the why. Smart phones are great in an education setting, looking up information, lecture notes, keeping track of timetables, your diary and your email. And playing games when there’s a class […]

The Eternal Pain of Group Work

I set more group work now than I used to, in both 1st and 2nd year. It’s always interesting when it is group work season because the students are somewhat more fraught than normal and  staff (myself included) are enhancing their diplomatic skills. I always feel like running group work is like putting out fires: […]

2017: the year of cruelty?

July ’17: I started this in mid-February, but can’t quite recall what sparked me off on this particular tangent. But reading it this morning, with all the brouhaha about tuition fees and student debt, brexit-bobbins, and the escalating levels of may-hem, it still seems fairly relevant. Just because society is getting harsher (and at times […]

Chemistry within Education for Sustainable Development #LTHEchat #HEAchat

Tonight’s #LTHEChat and #HEAChat is on Education for Sustainable Development. I thought I’d drain the swamp of my head with some preliminary thoughts. We run a module called ‘Sustainable Chemistry’. It started several years ago as a 15-credit whole year 2nd year module and covered topics in sustainability, chemistry of technology, industrial chemistry, and various […]

MICER 2017

Methods in Chemistry Education Research 2017 was last week. I didn’t make it down to London for it but did submit a poster (https://micerportal.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/poster-methods-of-investigating-alternative-conceptions-in-nmr/) and followed along a bit on twitter. I’ve been to a few of these style of events, initially as ‘Getting Started in Pedagogic Research 2012, I missed one in 2013, showed […]

If I ran a lab course

Michael’s blog post on laboratory practicals (and a long day of manuscript revisions) got me thinking about laboratory practicals. I particularly liked the distinction between ‘science’ and ‘sciencing’ that he highlighted, the difference between theoretical science and the practice of science, or between lectures and labs.  In as much as I like any binary system, […]