ERIC Number: EJ999719
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct-11
Real Science: MIT Reality Show Tracks Experiences, Frustrations of Chemistry Lab Students
Cooper, Kenneth J.
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v29 n18 p14-15 Oct 2012
A reality show about a college course--a chemistry class no less? That's what "ChemLab Boot Camp" is. The 14-part series of short videos is being released one episode at a time on the online learning site of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The novel show follows a diverse group of 14 freshmen as they struggle to master the laboratory techniques of chemistry and allied fields during an intense three-week course that MIT has offered for years. Just like on the "Survivor" TV series, they undergo a competitive challenge with a free meal dangled as the winner's reward, but the real prize--beyond the equivalent of three semester hours--is a job in a campus research lab.
Descriptors: Chemistry, Electronic Learning, Online Courses, Video Technology, College Freshmen, College Students, Higher Education, Science Laboratories, Laboratory Procedures, Science Education, Science Instruction, Science Experiments, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts