Our starting point: The module outline

Posted on June 25th, 2009 by Joss Winn

We thought it would be of interest to you to see the official module description for the course which the ChemistryFM project is based on. You’ll see that it lists the learning outcomes for the course as well as the learning and teaching methods applied. Click the front page to view the PDF. We’ll be referring to this document again throughout the course of the project.

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Meeting minutes 23rd June 2009

Posted on June 24th, 2009 by Joss Winn

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Opening Education and Teaching in Public

Posted on June 18th, 2009 by Joss Winn

The university’s sixth Teaching and Learning Symposium was held today and it was an opportunity to run an elective on the Chemistry.FM project. As well as offering an introduction to the project, I wanted to use the opportunity to begin to situate ‘Open Education’ in relation to ‘Teaching in Public’. Our original project bid discussed the themes which make up Teaching in Public and how it supports and builds on the efforts of the Open Education movement. Throughout our project, we aim to elaborate and demonstrate how our interests in Teaching in Public and Open Education are complementary and support the broader agenda of the university as laid out in the Teaching and Learning Strategy Implementation Plan.

The notes for my elective are on our wiki and lay out the main themes of Teaching in Public and the questions that the concept raises. As always, we welcome questions about any of this and are keen to discuss these ideas with a wider community of educators.

Videos on YouTube

Posted on May 22nd, 2009 by Joss Winn

Of the seventeen student-produced chemistry videos produced under the Fund for Educational Development last year, thirteen are now on YouTube for you to watch.  We’ve collected them into a playlist which can be found below or on our video page. The remaining four videos are being held back because they have minor errors which we need to correct. We’re releasing these videos early on in the Chemistry.FM project in the hope that we’ll receive comments here and on YouTube which may help us improve the project output overall. YouTube also provides web analytics for each video and we’re keen to start measuring and responding to the impact of our work as soon as possible.

Background: The Fund for Educational Development

Posted on May 21st, 2009 by Joss Winn

For the last two years, the Centre for Educational Research and Development have managed a Fund for Educational Development (FED), a competitive fund for projects that support the University’s Teaching and Learning Strategy 2007-2012 (PDF). The Chemistry.FM project is based on a FED project that Dr. Mark Baron and Dr. Jose Gonzalez-Rodriguez worked on during 2008-9. Incidentally, they’ve also been funded by the FED to continue their work again this year, producing further videos for a second year ‘Analytical Techniques for Forensic Science’ course.

We thought it might interest you to read more about the original FED proposal that eventually became the Chemistry.FM project. Here’s the original FED project outline. Read the rest of this entry »

Kicking off with Hess’s Law

Posted on April 30th, 2009 by Joss Winn


Welcome to the Chemistry.FM project blog. After you’ve read a brief description of our project, please sit back and enjoy the video below. It’s one of many video learning resources that were made earlier this year by students at the University of Lincoln to support a 30 credit Introductory Chemistry for Forensic Science course. Over the next twelve months, we’ll be building on those videos, to make all learning resources for the course openly available under a license which will allow others to re-use and re-mix the work we do at Lincoln. Don’t forget to subscribe to our news feed for updates to this blog! Thank you :-)

Outline Project Description

This project will release all educational resources used in Year 1 ‘Introductory Chemistry for Forensic Science’ students (total of 30 credits).  The course is designed to cover all the major areas of chemistry (inorganic, organic and physical).  Last year, through internal, competitive bidding, the Centre for Educational Research and Development funded the production of high quality, student-produced videos for this course, which help explain difficult concepts using a mixture of animation and live action. Due to interest from other institutions, the videos are now available under a BY-NC-SA licence. With this present bid, we wish to extend this approach to all resources for this course. In addition, by working with Siren.FM a campus-based community radio station, we will use their recording and broadcasting expertise to develop additional multimedia resources with students and apply current online broadcasting methods to the creation and delivery of these materials. All resources will be made available through our JISC-funded Institutional Repository, third-party Web 2.0 services and via a dedicated website powered by Siren.FM. By employing both students and a campus-based enterprise, we will demonstrate a sustainable and innovative approach to the development and dissemination of OERs.

Hess’s Law

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Meeting minutes 30th April 2009

Posted on April 30th, 2009 by Joss Winn

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