My work focuses on the development and updating of interactive, multimedia
learning tools for the instruction of first-year chemistry students.
Specifically, this work consists of a written laboratory manual for
experiments; individualized pre-lab assignments; a set of videos (10 to
20 minutes long) demonstrating the laboratory procedures and techniques for
particular experiments; and computer programs for monitoring and correcting
students experimental work and calculations, and for automatically grading
experiments and maintaining class records.
Development of the computer programs is the most creative and unique feature
of this instruction. These programs provide continual feedback to the student
regarding the quality of his or her laboratory techniques and understanding
of the experiment while he or she is performing the experiment. It also
produces a graded printed evaluation of the students performance as soon as
the experiment is completed.