DIT Lecturers Develop Context and Problem Based Learning Resources for the Royal Society of Chemistry

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Launch of Context and Problem Based Learning Resources Developed by DIT Lecturers for the Royal Society of Chemistry

18 October 2012: Four lecturers from the School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences have just completed a one year consultancy project for the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the National Higher Education Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Programme (UK) to develop four context and problem based learning resources. In each, a real world context is used to produce a framework that allows learners to develop subject-specific knowledge as well as transferable skills

The materials produced deal with medicinal chemistry, environmental chemistry, green and sustainable chemistry and nanochemistry respectively and were successfully trialled from January to May 2012 in 8 higher education institutions in Ireland and the UK. The resources have just been launched on the RSC Learn Chemistry platform and can be accessed at the following link; http://www.rsc.org/learn-chemistry/resource/listing?searchtext=%22CandPBL%22

The staff concerned, Claire Mc Donnell, Michael Seery, Christine O’Connor and Sarah Rawe, are members of the DIT Chemistry Education Research Team and dissemination on the project to date has involved workshops or presentations by them at conferences in Pennsylvania State University, the University of Birmingham and the University of Edinburgh.

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