Mark C. Morvant

INNOVATIVE CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY FOR ORGANIC CHEMISTRY



A wiki-based educational resource for sophomore Organic Chemistry courses



Solvent Blue 35, 1,4-Bis(butylamino)anthraquinone, is one of the unknowns in the open-ended experiment, separation and identification of anthraquinone dyes




Mark C. Morvant
Professor

BS, 1990, Tarleton State University
PhD, 1996, University of Oklahoma
Postdoc, 1996-1997, University of Florida

Email: mmorvant@ou.edu
Phone: (405)325-0763

Link to Group Website

Pedagogical Innovations. It is an old cliché, students aren’t what they used to be. They are usually performing multiple tasks at one time instead of reading textbooks isolated in a library cubicle. They may be working practice problems while at the same time looking some information up on Wikipedia with their Facebook page open in the background, and in the next moment checking out a video on YouTube that their friend just tweeted about. How do we use this ability to multi task and assimilate small bits of information from multiple sources to enhance the students learning in chemistry? We are working to develop and explore the application of podcasts, wiki, and networking in teaching Organic Chemistry.
Laboratory Curriculum Development.There have been several successful integrations of research based laboratory curriculum into Organic Chemistry and the results in the improvement of students’ understanding of the concepts and practical experience have been very promising. The move to more inquiry and active learning pedagogy in undergraduate labs by using a research based laboratory curriculum has not been wide spread. The increased demand for well trained instructors and hands-on instrumentation needed to run a research based laboratory curriculum is often the deciding factor whether a chemistry program can implement the curriculum. Can experiments and curriculum be designed to allow Universities with limited resources or with large numbers of students implement a more problem oriented laboratory experience instead a “cookbook”?

Research keywords:
chemical education; organic polymers