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Chemistry and Biochemistry Workshops

Join us for workshops from our award-winning chemistry educators and authors. We'll explore how to engage your students online and in the classroom, help you overcome common chemistry teaching challenges, and share insights from Chemistry Education Research. We hope you'll join us for our next workshop, or explore our recorded sessions below.

Chemistry Workshop Series

The Norton Chemistry team is hosting a Chemistry Workshop Series the week of March 14th, and we’d love for you to attend! Join authors Joel Karty, Roger Miesfeld, and our Content Development Specialist, Richard Jew, for exciting demos and engaging talks for your general, organic, or biochemistry classes.

BIOCHEMISTRY
Creating a More Active and Engaging Biochemistry Course, Online or On-Ground

Hosted by Roger Miesfeld

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In this workshop, Biochemistry author Roger Miesfeld will share strategies that he has employed at University of Arizona to help his 800+ students see biochemistry in the world around them and keep them engaged throughout the course through active learning modules and multiple low-stakes assessments. Whether you teach online, hybrid, or on-ground, Roger has teaching techniques that will apply to your course.

After Roger’s talk, we will demonstrate Smartwork, the online assessment that accompanies the Biochemistry text as well as the Molecular Exploration videos.

GENERAL CHEMISTRY
Flexible, Adaptive, and Affordable: Smartwork for General Chemistry

Hosted by Richard Jew

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Join Richard Jew, W. W. Norton's Content Development Specialist, for a workshop on Smartwork online homework.

In this session, we'll cover:

• Flexible options: adaptive or static assignments
• Pre-made ChemTour Lab assignments
• Easy-to-use interface and tools
• Gradebook analytics and easy LMS integration of grades
• Low cost options with or without the ebook

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
Results of Teaching the Mechanism: Changing Attitudes and ACS Exam Scores

Hosted by Joel Karty

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In this workshop, W. W. Norton author Joel Karty will discuss the results he has seen in his classroom since moving to a mechanistic organization, as well as adopters of his text, especially in terms of attrition rates and his students’ ACS scores.

Joel will also answer your questions about moving to a mechanistic organization, and anything else you'd like to ask!

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
Intuitive Drawing Tools and Feedback: Smartwork for Organic Chemistry

Hosted by Richard Jew

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Join W. W. Norton's Content Development Specialist and former UNC Charlotte Undergraduate Coordinator and Smartwork user Richard Jew for a workshop on Smartwork for organic chemistry.

Richard will showcase how Smartwork can help your students become more successful in their organic course through easy-to-use drawing tools, multi-step mechanism and synthesis problems, and targeted hints and feedback.

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WATCH ON DEMAND
Incorporating Chemistry Education Research into General Chemistry

Dr. Stacey Lowery Bretz

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W. W. Norton is proud to host an online talk + Q&A with Stacey Lowery Bretz, Recipient of the ACS 2020 Award for Achievement in Research for the Teaching and Learning of Chemistry, and coauthor of Chemistry and Chemistry: An Atoms Focused Approach.

Dr. Bretz's research expertise includes the development of assessments to characterize chemistry misconceptions and to investigate students’ understandings of multiple representations (particulate, symbolic, and macroscopic). Dr. Bretz will share some of her research and how it’s informed the pedagogy of our general chemistry textbooks.

WATCH ON DEMAND
Creating Effective Chemistry Videos

Joel Karty and Kristen Barrett

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What makes a good organic chemistry teaching video? How can we help students feel they can succeed in organic?

Join us for a workshop with author Joel Karty, Elon University, and Professor Kristen Barrett, Rowan University. Kristen and Joel will discuss their process for developing more than 80 videos and animations to help students visualize organic chemistry and become more effective at solving problems.

We'll also demo the new ebook and a Smartwork question with video for the new third edition of Organic Chemistry: Principles and Mechanisms.

WATCH ON DEMAND
Taking Frustration Out of Online Homework in General Chemistry

Richard Jew

The date of this workshop has passed.

Join Richard Jew, W. W. Norton's Content Development Specialist, for a workshop on Smartwork online homework.

In this session, we'll cover:

• Flexible options: adaptive or static assignments
• Pre-made ChemTour Lab assignments
• Easy-to-use interface and tools
• Gradebook analytics and easy LMS integration of grades
• Low cost options with or without the ebook

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"Creating a More Active and Engaging Biochemistry Course, Online or On-Ground" Hosted by Roger Miesfeld

In this workshop, Biochemistry author Roger Miesfeld will share strategies that he has employed at University of Arizona to help his 800+ students see biochemistry in the world around them and keep them engaged throughout the course through active learning modules and multiple low-stakes assessments. Whether you teach online, hybrid, or on-ground, Roger has teaching techniques that will apply to your course.

After Roger’s talk, we will demonstrate Smartwork, the online assessment that accompanies the Biochemistry text as well as the Molecular Exploration videos.

"Flexible, Adaptive, and Affordable: Smartwork for General Chemistry" Hosted by Richard Jew

Join Richard Jew, W. W. Norton's Content Development Specialist, for a workshop on Smartwork online homework. In this session, we'll cover:
• Flexible options: adaptive or static assignments
• Pre-made ChemTour Lab assignments
• Easy-to-use interface and tools
• Gradebook analytics and easy LMS integration of grades
• Low cost options with or without the ebook

"Results of Teaching the Mechanism: Changing Attitudes and ACS Exam Scores" Hosted by Joel Karty

In this workshop, W. W. Norton author Joel Karty will discuss the results he has seen in his classroom since moving to a mechanistic organization, as well as adopters of his text, especially in terms of attrition rates and his students’ ACS scores.

Joel will also answer your questions about moving to a mechanistic organization, and anything else you'd like to ask!

"Intuitive Drawing Tools and Feedback: Smartwork for Organic Chemistry" Hosted by Richard Jew

Join W. W. Norton's Content Development Specialist and former UNC Charlotte Undergraduate Coordinator and Smartwork user Richard Jew for a workshop on Smartwork for organic chemistry.

Richard will showcase how Smartwork can help your students become more successful in their organic course through easy-to-use drawing tools, multi-step mechanism and synthesis problems, and targeted hints and feedback.

"Incorporating Chemistry Education Research into General Chemistry" Hosted by Dr. Stacey Lowery Bretz

W. W. Norton is proud to host an online talk + Q&A with Stacey Lowery Bretz, Recipient of the ACS 2020 Award for Achievement in Research for the Teaching and Learning of Chemistry, and coauthor of Chemistry and Chemistry: An Atoms Focused Approach.

Dr. Bretz's research expertise includes the development of assessments to characterize chemistry misconceptions and to investigate students’ understandings of multiple representations (particulate, symbolic, and macroscopic). Dr. Bretz will share some of her research and how it’s informed the pedagogy of our general chemistry textbooks.

"Creating Effective Chemistry Videos" Hosted by Joel Karty and Kristen Barrett

Join us for a workshop with author Joel Karty, Elon University, and Professor Kristen Barrett, Rowan University. Kristen and Joel will discuss their process for developing more than 80 videos and animations to help students visualize organic chemistry and become more effective at solving problems.

"Taking Frustration Out of Online Homework in General Chemistry" Hosted by Richard Jew

Join Richard Jew, W. W. Norton's Content Development Specialist, for a workshop on Smartwork online homework. In this session, we'll cover:
• Flexible options: adaptive or static assignments
• Pre-made ChemTour Lab assignments
• Easy-to-use interface and tools
• Gradebook analytics and easy LMS integration of grades
• Low cost options with or without the ebook

"Cultivating a Growth Mindset in Organic Chemistry" Hosted by Grace Ferris and Joel Karty

How can we help all students feel like they can succeed in organic chemistry? Join Grace Ferris, Lesley University, and Joel Karty, Elon University, for a discussion and roundtable on how we can foster a sense of belonging and inclusion for organic chemistry students. We'll cover strategies such as collaborative exams, low-stakes assessment, and using video.

"Intuitive Drawing Tools and Feedback: Smartwork for Organic Chemistry" Hosted by Richard Jew

W. W. Norton's Content Development Specialist and former UNC Charlotte Undergraduate Coordinator and Smartwork user Richard Jew showcases how Smartwork can help your students become more successful in their organic course through easy-to-use drawing tools, multi-step mechanism and synthesis problems, and targeted hints and feedback.

"Using Online Assessment to Build Critical-Thinking Skills in the Biochemistry Classroom" Hosted by Roger Miesfeld

Biochemistry author Roger Miesfeld and the Norton chemistry team explore the Smartwork course for the Second Edition of Biochemistry, as well as the new Molecular Exploration Videos. They also take a look at the interactive ebook, gradebook analytics, and our Interactive Instructor's Guide.

"Applying Chemistry Education Research to Improving Chemistry Assessment" Hosted by Stacey Lowery Bretz

Stacey Lowery Bretz was the recipient of the ACS 2020 Award for Achievement in Research for the Teaching and Learning of Chemistry, and the coauthor of Chemistry, Sixth Edition, and Chemistry: An Atoms-Focused Approach, Third Edition. In this workshop, she discusses her research on student misconceptions around chemistry and how these results influenced the pedagogy she has developed for her course and her books.

"Creating effective biochemistry videos" Hosted by Monika Sommerhalter and Blake Gillespie

Biochemists Monika Sommerhalter (Cal State East Bay) and Blake Gillespie (Cal State Channel Islands) discuss their process for developing biochemistry videos and animations that help students understand structure-function relationships.

"Teaching Active Learning in a Hybrid General Chemistry Class" Hosted by Sarah Pierce

Sarah Pierce, (Cumberland University) will share her strategies for implementing active learning in her hybrid general chemistry course.

"Applying Chemistry Education Research to Online Learning" Hosted by Cynthia Stanich

In this workshop, Norton's PhD chemist and subject matter expert Cynthia Stanich will share strategies for implementing Chemistry Education Research in teaching online.

"Teaching Organic Chemistry Online" Hosted by Cynthia Stanich and Stacy Loyal

In this online workshop, Cynthia Stanich, Norton's in-house chemist, and Stacy Loyal, Norton's chemistry marketing manager, will discuss best practices for using online homework like Smartwork in an online-only organic chemistry course. They will walk through drawing tools in Smartwork, and discuss how Smartwork can be used for both homework and tests.

"Using Smartwork Online Assessment in the General Chemistry Classroom" Hosted by Shane Brisson

In this online workshop for instructors considering Smartwork, Shane Brisson, Norton's science specialist, will discuss best practices for using online homework like Smartwork in an online-only course. Shane will walk through the visualization and problem-solving pedagogy incorporated in Smartwork for general chemistry, and will discuss how Smartwork can be used for both homework and tests. There will also be time for questions at the end.

"Norton Chemistry—Transitioning to Online Teaching" Hosted by Cynthia Stanich

Cynthia Stanich shares her best practices for teaching chemistry online.

"Teaching Biochemistry Online" Hosted by Roger Miesfeld

In this workshop, Roger Miesfeld, associate dean at the University of Arizona and author of Biochemistry, will discuss best practices for teaching biochemistry online. We will also discuss how you can use Smartwork online assessment in both a coaching and a testing environment.

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