I'm an instructional assistant professor of chemistry at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, where I've been a member of the faculty since 1997. I teach a large General Chemistry lecture course and have used OWL since 2001. I was impressed with OWL because it included both algorithmic and conceptual questions. In 2013, I began to pilot MindTap General Chemistry, which embeds homework questions within an online text. I've been using it in my lecture sections ever since. An overwhelming number of students tell me each semester that both OWL and MindTap General Chemistry helps them learn!
I earned my M.S. in Chemistry at the University of Oklahoma, and a Ph.D. in Science Education (Chemical Education) also at the University of Oklahoma. My curriculum development work has included authoring a laboratory inquiry-based manual for general chemistry and a manual for liberal arts chemistry. In 2015, I received the ACS Award for Achievement in Research for the Teaching and Learning of Chemistry for my body of research on the visualization of the particulate nature of matter. Also in 2015, I was named an ACS fellow.
Webinars & Resources
Preventing Cheating and Delivering Exams with OWLv2
Presenters: Vickie Williamson, Texas A&M University
Remote learning environments present unique challenges in giving online assessments and tests. Watch an overview of the content and tools available within OWLv2 to prevent cheating and deliver online testing. Learn about dynamic randomization, algorithmic authoring tools and the extensive bank of test questions in OWLv2. You'll also learn about external testing resources and hear how one instructor successfully delivered all of their exams online using OWLv2.
Supporting the Unprepared Student
Presenters: Larry Margerum, University of San Francisco and Vickie Williamson, Texas A&M University
Many students lack knowledge of key chemistry and mathematical concepts needed to be successful in their courses. With recent school closures and disruptions in learning, students need support now more than ever. Learn about the remediation study tools available within OWLv2, including the Quick Prep and Math Review modules and hear best practices and research from two instructors who have successfully implemented OWLv2 in their courses.
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