Computational Chemistry Across the Curriculum: Open Educational Resources for 21st Century Science Students

TitleComputational Chemistry Across the Curriculum: Open Educational Resources for 21st Century Science Students
Faculty/College/UnitScience
StatusActive
Duration2 Year
Project Summary

Computational chemistry is now ubiquitous in chemistry research, yet our students are graduating with limited exposure to computational data and techniques. We aim to familiarize all undergraduate chemistry students with the computational skills to understand the literature and, in some cases, conduct computational studies themselves. The long-term outcome of this project is to have computational chemistry exposure in all four years of all chemistry programs. Computational modeling provides insights into how stability relates to molecular structure and allows for comparison among possible reaction mechanisms. Interacting with computational data has the potential to increase students’ conceptual understanding, which will lead to better long-term retention and more effective knowledge transfer. Through this approach, we will help students practice scientific habits of mind, such as asking questions, seeking data, and rationalizing experimental results. All materials, including training videos, will be openly available to educators worldwide.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2018/2019
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorJaclyn Stewart
Year 1: Funded Amount32,382
Year 1: Team Members

Jaclyn Stewart, Senior Instructor, Chemistry, Faculty of Science
Jay Wickenden, Co-Principal Investigator / Instructor 1, Chemistry, Faculty of Science
Mark Thachuk, Associate Professor, Chemistry, Faculty of Science
Glenn Sammis, Associate Professor, Chemistry, Faculty of Science
Kayli Johnson, Instructor 1, Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Vantage College
Chris Addison, Senior Instructor, Chemistry, Faculty of Science
Chris Orvig, Professor, Chemistry, Faculty of Science
Laurel Schafer, Professor, Chemistry, Faculty of Science
Anka Lekhi, Instructor 1, Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Vantage College
José Rodríguez Núñez, Senior Instructor, Chemistry, Faculty of Science
Tamara Freeman, Instructor 1, Chemistry, UBC-O

Year 1: TLEF ShowcaseYear 1: TLEF Showcase
Year 2: Project YearYear 2
Year 2: Funding Year2019/2020
Year 2: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 2: Principal InvestigatorJay Wickenden
Year 2: Funded Amount17,618
Year 2: Team Members

Jay Wickenden, Senior Instructor, Chemistry, Faculty of Science
Jaclyn Stewart, Senior Instructor, Chemistry, Faculty of Science
Edward Grant, Professor, Chemistry, Faculty of Science
Mark Thachuk, Associate Professor, Chemistry, Faculty of Science
Glenn Sammis, Associate Professor, Chemistry, Faculty of Science
Kayli Johnson, Instructor 1, Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Vantage College
Chris Addison, Senior Instructor, Chemistry, Faculty of Science
Chris Orvig, Professor, Chemistry, Faculty of Science
Laurel Schafer, Professor, Chemistry, Faculty of Science
Anka Lekhi, Instructor 1, Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Vantage College
José Rodríguez Núñez, Senior Instructor, Chemistry, Faculty of Science
Tamara Freeman, Instructor 1, Chemistry, Faculty of Science