2. Physical, chemical and earth sciences

The following are url or download links to descriptions of teaching activities considered to be exemplars and clearly exhibit one or more of the Guidelines in action in the discipline category listed. Browse through the sites to see whether you could use the example described or create a learning activity for your students using the strategy shown. If you feel you have  an example to be recognized as an exemplar of one or more guidelines in action please send it as a link or PDF that describes the activities well enough for someone else to try it to adrianlee2@mac.com I will ensure that you get appropriate attribution.


  • Students' learning styles and academic performance in first year chemistry. Alexandra Yeung, Justin Read and Siegbert Schmid, The University of Sydney. This paper has shown that knowledge of the learning style preferences of students could be used to develop targeted improvements in teaching, and some suggestions concerning how the learning styles of  extroverts and feelers might be better accommodated have been made.Guideline 9 in action in Chemistry.  pdf

    Teaching the Nature of Science (NOS): Successful Strategies in an Introductory College-Level Astronomy Course Pre-Publication Draft Aug. 2009 D. Duncan, L. Arthurs, Univ. of Colorado. This is an updated version of a link under Guideline 6 by David Duncan that has much more in it and  has ideas that are applicable to all sciences. It concludes with a nice demonstation of SOTL in which the effects on learning are shown.link


  • Active learning groups in organic chemistry. Excellent application of Guidelines 1-Active and 14-Learning cooperatively by Ken Nakayama of CSU Long Beach "I'm still learning how to do this better, but I would never go back to the old lecture sessions" Part of the great Merlot Elixr site which has a similar focus to this site. link


    Beginning in 2003, MIT adopted a new format for freshman physics education, which is designed to help students develop much better intuition about, and conceptual models of, physical phenomena.  (All MIT undergraduates are required to take two semesters of physics, Physics I [mechanics] and Physics II [electromagnetism]).  This new format is known by the acronym TEAL (Technology-Enabled Active Learning), and it is centered on an active learning approach.  TEAL classes are taught in a highly collaborative, hands-on environment, with extensive use of networked laptops and desktop experiments.  Lectures, recitations, and laboratories are merged as students work together in teams of three.  Again this is an excellent example of Guideline 1 in action. Ref Dori YJ & Belcher J Learning Sciences 14(2) 243-279 Link


  • You would put in your own exemplars here. Meanwhile I need some for this starter website. Please send to  adrianlee2@mac.com