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Department GTA Support: Chemistry

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This case study from Chemistry, is part of a series providing short summaries of some of the different good practice models and approaches taken to department level support for graduate teaching assistants (GTAs).

The Department of Chemistry moved GTA training ‘in-house’ to enable new PG students to demonstrate early in semester 1. The training also allows for peer instruction from seasoned demonstrators, as well as additional support for continuing demonstrators. The course has been developed and delivered by a DoS, Dr Fiona Dickinson, with support from all staff who teach in the laboratories. (more…)


Structure Visualisation for All and Anywhere: an e-learning resource

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Understanding the structure of a compound or material is central to the learning goals in many areas of science and engineering including chemistry, pharmacology, materials and chemical engineering, and biochemistry. But structures are three dimensional and conceptually difficult to understand through the normal two-dimensional learning formats of lectures, lecture notes, textbooks and whiteboards. This 2013-14 project provided access to software and extensive database resources to all undergraduate and postgraduate students, undertaking Chemistry and Natural Science degrees, to allow them to view and manipulate structures in three dimensions using departmental computer resources and their own laptops, computers, tablets and smartphones. The project will leverage the existing resources and skills of the applicants, derived from current published educational material, extending these significantly and placing the University of Bath learning provision at the international forefront. The eventual goal is to have the manipulation of structures by the student as a routine learning element wherever relevant within the University of Bath course structure - considerable aiding their understanding of the subject. (more…)


Developing randomised e-quizzes for flexible assessment

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The aim of this 2013-14 project was to generate large banks of applied numeracy Moodle questions to support the teaching of basic maths in Biochemistry and Chemistry. We employed and trained six students studying these subjects to create new randomised question banks in Moodle XML using PHP. Mathematical expressions were coded in LaTeX for MathJax, so that when displayed in Moodle, they would be fully accessible in all browsers, on small screens and can be magnified or read aloud if required. This method of displaying equations in Moodle is now the only available method at Bath. We have also produced the questions in a way that makes them fully accessible to disabled students by formatting the maths in MathJax.All the new questions were tested by students (although not all errors were picked up) and some of the new questions were used for formative and small-stakes summative assessment with Biochemistry Students. We have made the questions available through the top level of Moodle, and the XML and the PHP files through an online blog. (more…)