Programme Details

The conference is especially interested in the following themes: Technology in Chemistry Education and Transition from 2nd to 3rd Level.

Conference Programme: Irish Variety in Chemistry Education Programme 6 May 2014

Keynote Speakers:

Thanks to our sponsors, we have two keynote speakers at this event:

The Royal Society of Chemistry Ireland Region Speaker is Dr Simon Lancaster, RSC 2013 Higher Education Teaching Award Winner and HEA National Teaching Fellow [Biography]

Dr Lancaster will illustrate how technology can be used to support the transition from the traditional passive University lecture through active engagement towards constructive student authoring and ultimately interactive peer instruction. He will discuss the use of Screencasting, Vignettes and Audience Response Handsets to support and broaden the student experience. The presentation will employ many of the techniques proposed. In addition, @S_J_Lancaster will show how Twitter can be used to broaden student horizons and build network with potential employers. This meeting (#ivice14) will serve as an example of the power of Twitter to expand an event’s reach and provide a lasting crowd-sourced record.

The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education Speaker is Dr Maria Sheehan, Advisor to the Professional Development Service for Teachers, and Hon Secretary of the Irish Science Teachers Association.

Dr Sheehan has a PhD in chemistry education from the University of Limerick. Her interests include cognitive development, inquiry based learning, cooperative learning and the incorporation of ICT into the teaching of chemistry. Her talk will consider areas of difficulty in chemistry for school students and the resultant issues that may face these students as they make the transition from school to college.