organic chemistry music videos which are parodies of their favorite songs but

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organic chemistry music videos, which are parodies of their favorite songs, but with a chemistry theme. This type of assignment has become commonplace, but in 2010, it was new. The students can work on their own or in small groups. They post their final videos on YouTube.com, where they are immediately available for grading and for their peers to enjoy. The teaching assistants and I then grade each of the videos and award extra credit. Despite the amount of extra credit being minimal, students are always eager to complete the assignment. It offers a chance for students to do something unusual and highly creative, enjoy an activity with their friends, and even learn some organic chemistry in the process. More than 1300 of my students have teamed up to make hundreds of music videos. They have collectively been viewed many hundreds of thousands of times around the world, spreading the love for organic chemistry. The best videos are available online in our “Hall of Fame” . Perhaps the most powerful outcome of the music video assignment is that it helps students become more engaged in the course and empowered to succeed. My goal is always for students to do extraordinary things and learn to solve the hardest problems I can offer. On exams, students will be asked to solve the notorious retrosynthesis problems, where they encounter molecules they have never seen before. They must propose a reasonable chemical synthesis of the molecule using much simpler compounds as the starting materials. At the end of my course, over two-thirds of the class can solve these problems. What is also striking is that the students show impeccable creativity in their solutions, often providing reasonable responses that bear no resemblance to what is shown on the answer key (thus, still earning full credit). Bear in mind that the students in my Chem 14D class are never chemistry or biochemistry majors; instead they are typically second year life science students who are not likely to further pursue organic chemistry after taking my class. I should also note that I did not learn to solve problems of comparable difficulty until my first year of graduate studies at Caltech. Metrics and Organic Chemistry Love Student surveys about the Chem 14D course and organic chemistry have been overwhelmingly positive. Of note, at the end of the course, more than two-thirds of the students rate their interest in organic chemistry as “high”, where as only <4% rate their interest in the subject as “low”. This is a dramatic shift from the start of the course, where <10% indicated a “high” rating and >60% rated their interest as “low”. The course has been featured in various UCLA Newsroom stories as “UCLA’s Most Beloved Class,” in Buzzfeed as the second “coolest class at UCLA,” ahead of actor James Franco’s class on creative writing and screenplay, and LA Weekly magazine as one of the “Best Classes in LA” .
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