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Abstract Volume 6 Issue 5 (2001) pp 307-308

Managing Information Flow for Flexible Assessment of Student Learning in Large Lecture Classes

Michael R. Abraham,* John I. Gelder, and Kirk Haines

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019, and Department of Chemistry, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078

Published online: 31 August 2001

Abstract. This paper presents a new computer-based atomic level simulation of an ideal gas. The simulation is written in Java and is accessed by students through a Web browser. This software is used in conjunction with a written laboratory experiment developed within the framework of an inquiry instructional strategy. This molecular-level laboratory experiment is used in combination with a parallel macroscopic laboratory experiment. We hypothesize that students exposed to these kinds of parallel activities will be better able to link the macroscopic, microscopic, and symbolic understanding of chemical concepts.

Key Words:  Of Special Interest; symposium series; computers; online

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Issue date: October 1, 2001

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