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ERIC Number: EJ913053
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Using Chem-Wiki to Increase Student Collaboration through Online Lab Reporting
Elliott, Edward W., III; Fraiman, Ana
Journal of Chemical Education, v87 n1 p54-56 Jan 2010
The nature of laboratory work has changed in the past decade. One example is a shift from working individually or in pairs on single traditional verification experiments to working collaboratively in larger groups in inquiry and research-based laboratories, over extended periods in and outside of the lab. In this increased era of collaboration, we have implemented a Web site, Chem-Wiki, to extend and facilitate students' collaboration outside of the lab. Using new Web technologies, students are able to interact with each other regardless of time or location. The Chem-Wiki model of Web-based lab reporting has proved well suited to increased team size and extended laboratory discussions. Now, each team in the organic chemistry laboratory at Northeastern Illinois University works collaboratively in writing a single Web-based lab report while still allowing their individual contributions to be tracked and reproduced. These Web-based lab reports are more dynamic than hard copy lab reports because they can be continually edited, updated, and monitored by group members in real time. This makes the lab report collaboration truly interactive. Ultimately, introducing this new reporting format has enhanced the ability of students to collaborate productively and create a dynamic, boundless, community of learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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