ERIC Number: EJ1068988
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Using Jigsaw-Style Spectroscopy Problem-Solving to Elucidate Molecular Structure through Online Cooperative Learning
Winschel, Grace A.; Everett, Renata K.; Coppola, Brian P.; Shultz, Ginger V.
Journal of Chemical Education, v92 n7 p1188-1193 Jul 2015
Cooperative learning was employed as an instructional approach to facilitate student development of spectroscopy problem solving skills. An interactive online environment was used as a framework to structure weekly discussions around spectroscopy problems outside of class. Weekly discussions consisted of modified jigsaw-style problem solving activities in which students cooperatively interpreted infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectra. Students' use of the discussion site was monitored and revealed that they accessed discussions in the days prior to examinations. Together with attitudinal surveys, which were used to gauge student perceptions of the activities, these results indicate that students found the discussions to be a useful resource for learning spectroscopy.
Descriptors: Spectroscopy, Science Instruction, Molecular Structure, Cooperative Learning, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Problem Solving, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Computer Mediated Communication, Student Attitudes, Undergraduate Students, College Science, Organic Chemistry, Web Based Instruction, Science Laboratories, Feedback (Response), Grading
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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