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Abstract Volume 17 (2012) pp 015-022
DOI 10.1007/s00897122406a

Sharing Innovations in STEM Education Through Digital Stories: A Case Study in Organic Chemistry

Thomas Carey*,†, Kensaku Nakayama and Louis Zweier§

Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education, San Diego State University and Department of Management Sciences, University of Waterloo,; Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, California State University – Long Beach;§Center for Distributed Learning, California State University Received May 26, 2011. Accepted September 21, 2011.

Published: 24 February 2012

Abstract. In this paper we reflect on the experience of a teacher creating a digital case story of exemplary teaching, from the perspectives of the three roles which emerged in the development process: the teacher whose changes in Organic Chemistry courses are the subject of the story and the experts in faculty development and digital media who helped shape the resulting multimedia artifact. We provide a brief overview of the digital story in the case study and of the models of development and use which guided its creation. Then we present the reflections and “lessons learned” on three key areas where the creation of this case story advanced the models and methods, which have since been applied in over 40 subsequent case stories: the Starting Points for the project, the Structure and Format which emerged in the development process, and the way the three complementary Roles evolved during the case. A concluding section of the paper adds to the context of the case study with a discussion of related work by others and proposed future work.

Key Words: In the Classroom; organic chemistry; case studies

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