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06/02/2007 09:10 PM Chasteen's Fall 2007 CCE Newsletter contribution Page 1 of 5 file:///Users/chm_tgc/Desktop/test.html Web-Based Scientific Glossary as an Assignment The Atmospheric Chemistry Glossary Thomas G. Chasteen Department of Chemistry Sam Houston State University Before you begin here, if you have time, take a quick look at three previous Computer in Chemical Education articles I've done: the first in fall 2001 , the second in fall 2002 , and the third in fall 2005 . They cover authoring computer-based animations, using the server-based software Blackboard to teach chemistry in a predominately undergraduate environment, and just-in-time web-based quizzing in a majors' freshman chemistry course. The 2005 article details correlations between just-in-time quizzing and test grades over four consecutive semesters . If you're interested. This article will quickly describe a long-term project involving an Atmospheric Chemistry Glossary published on the web that is authored, almost exclusively, by chemistry students in a senior-level chemistry course; as an outside assignment it counted for laboratory points. It incorporates reading, writing, and library and web work. a long-term project Beginning in spring 1995, students in my Air Quality course at Sam Houston State University were assigned to create an on-line glossary for publication on the web. Initially, the job was to use their text book as a source of glossary terms that they thought were appropriate for students in a course like theirs. That is, the students were to find, study, and define words and phrases that were hard or interesting for them in atmospheric chemistry and to write their own definitions. The words, multiple ones from each student, were arranged together alphabetically and each included a literature citation to the initial source of the word or phrase. The citations were all initially from my students' Air Quality textbook, Crutzen and Graedel's Atmospheric Change: An Earth System Perspective ; 1993 (Freeman). Initially, the assignment was a one week writing assignment that counted for one of the 10 or 12 labs in the course. The web glossary was published that year, 1995, and updated in subsequent years (the course was taught every spring at that time). The files were hosted on the Sam Houston State University chemistry department's web site. Each year, the old glossary was augmented/edited to become the new
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06/02/2007 09:10 PM Chasteen's Fall 2007 CCE Newsletter contribution Page 2 of 5 file:///Users/chm_tgc/Desktop/test.html glossary. Students in succeeding years of this course were asked to avoid the Crutzen and Graedel citations and instead to look to other library sources, books and peer-reviewed journals, all of which were (library-based) hard copies at the time. growing and changing
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This note was uploaded on 03/03/2012 for the course CHEM 100 taught by Professor Chasteen during the Fall '06 term at Sam Houston State University.

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