ERIC Number: EJ1050768
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
Student-Led Engagement of Journal Article Authors in the Classroom Using Web-Based Videoconferencing
Stockman, Brian J.
Journal of Chemical Education, v92 n1 p120-123 Jan 2015
The learning environment described here uses Web-based videoconferencing technology to merge the traditional classroom journal article discussion with student-led interviews of journal article authors. Papers that describe recent applications of a given technique are selected, with the author engagement occurring at the end of a three or four week module covering the technique and its applications. Students prepare for the author engagements by reading the paper, discussing it as a class with the instructor, and developing a set of consensus questions to provide a framework for their conversation. Authors do not make formal presentations to the students, but instead answer questions. The smaller class sizes of upper-division undergraduate courses provide an intimate setting for these student-led conversations. Author engagements are designed to improve critical thinking skills in the content areas studied, improve interactive scientific communication skills, build scientific self-confidence in young scientists, and expose students to established scientist role models. The student-author interactions described here provide a cost-effective mechanism to expose students to diverse areas of chemistry and to bring expert scientists into the classroom. In situations where videoconferencing is not available or permitted, teleconferences provide a reasonable substitution.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teleconferencing, Video Technology, Journal Articles, College Science, Undergraduate Students, Chemistry, Communication Skills, Internet, Web Based Instruction, Educational Technology, Interviews, Authors, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York