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ERIC Number: EJ985195
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Organic Chemistry YouTube Writing Assignment for Large Lecture Classes
Franz, Annaliese K.
Journal of Chemical Education, v89 n4 p497-501 Mar 2012
This work describes efforts to incorporate and evaluate the use of a YouTube writing assignment in large lecture classes to personalize learning and improve conceptual understanding of chemistry through peer- and self-explanation strategies. Although writing assignments can be a method to incorporate peer- and self-explanation strategies, this method is not often incorporated in large lecture classes and lower-division science courses. This work primarily focuses on a YouTube "video script" writing assignment where a student selects an organic chemistry concept and describes how they would "teach" or creatively explain the concept to their fellow classmates using real-world examples in a popular YouTube video format. In a more elaborate version of the assignment, students then proceed to make a YouTube video based on this written assignment. Subsequent details and feedback about the assignment are also presented. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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