FREE Course: Teaching Chemistry with Technology.

The TCT MOOC has been designed to assist teachers, student teachers, teacher educators and instructional designers to plan and develop a chemistry lesson and related assessments with technology. The exploration tools, tactics and strategies covered will expand one’s repertoire of chemistry teaching practice.

Course Summary

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Level: Introductory
  • Requirements: Access to a computer and internet.
  • Start Date: 08 January 2023
  • Duration: 5 weeks (course will remain open after end date)
  • Workload: 3 – 5 hours per week.
  • Certificates: Certificate of Participation or Certificate of Completion (PDF)

Outcomes of this Course

During this MOOC, you will:

  • Identify foundational elements of chemistry teaching,
  • Explore chemistry simulations and OER tools that support them,
  • Identify blended learning approaches for chemistry education,
  • Discuss strategies and tools for chemistry teaching with other teachers,
  • Develop a Chemistry Lesson Plan integrating technology for teaching and learning,
  • Evaluate a lesson plan using a pedagogical rubric.

Course Description

In this course we will explore the use of the Open Access PhET Interactive Simulation software in chemistry teaching. Used by educators around the world, PhET simulations bring worthwhile technology-enabled teaching tools to the classroom. Founded in 2002 by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman, the PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder creates free interactive math and science simulations. PhET simulations are based on extensive education research and engage students through an intuitive, game-like environment where students learn through exploration and discovery.
In this course, the participants will explore examples (and how to develop them) of how to incorporate active learning and simulations (online or offline) that can engage their learners in chemistry education. The participants will have the opportunity to meet and discuss challenges presented in chemistry education. Chemistry and pedagogy experts will guide participants through the development of PhET simulations.

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