Dave Swanson, Dr. Dyne Eifersten, Gregory Beyrer

Panel Discussion - Thursday - 10:45-11:45, Room 7

1. Animation of Chemical Equilibrium

Outcomes for the Presentation

I will be demonstrating the use of a simple Excel Spreadsheet for graphically demonstrating the dynamic nature of chemical equilibrium.  This is a topic which students have shown marked difficulty with, and is believed to be one of the most difficult topics in the general chemistry curriculum.  I hope that instructors in science might be let to think of similar exercises which might result in a a more visceral and direct exposure of students to the topic at hand.

How will students benefit?

I believe that exposure of students to multiple media, and in particular to visual media, results in an improvement in their fundamental understanding of the topic under discussion.  This is particularly true as it applies to topics in science which have very few analogues in the real world, and to which the general technique of teaching by metaphor are not easily applied.  The use of visual media has been shown to positively impact student's transfer of information to their long-term memory.  The engagement of students with visual media is able to communicate in a way not possible with printed or spoken media.

College and Department

Cosumnes River College Chemistry

Bio - Dave Swanson

Received a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1979, and worked for the Intel Corp. for 27 years. Retired in 2006 and obtained a Master of Science degree in Chemistry at Sac State in 2011. My thesis work was done in the area of Chemistry Education, with a focus on better understanding the problems associated with teaching and learning Chemical Equilibrium. Began work as an adjunct professor of Chemistry at CRC in the Spring of 2012. Currently teaching Chem 305, a one-semester summary of General Chemistry for future health professionals.

Dr. Dyne Eifersten

2. Using Keynote

See presentation file below.

Outcomes for the Presentation

I will show how to incorporate the use of Keynote and the Keynote Remote app on both the iPad and iPhone for classroom lectures. I will demonstrate how to embed both audio and video clips in to Keynote.  The Keynote Remote app allows the presenter to view both the slide and lecture notes within the same screen.  This use of technology gives the presenter a great deal of mobility in the lecture hall and great control of slides and content.  I also post my lecture slides to my D2L site for student use.

How will students benefit?

My students seem to enjoy the use of this modern technology in the classroom. As I am lecturing, the use of this technology helps to free me from the distractions of having to manually move slides from a keyboard, start and stop audio/visual components, etc., allowing me to be more focused on the delivery of content, not equipment.  The students also seem to benefit from the posting of the presentations on the course D2L site.

College and Department

Dr. Dyne Eifertsen

Bio - Dr. Dyne Eifertsen

Dr. Dyne Eifertsen is the Director of Jazz Studies and Department Chair of Music at American River College.  He directs the Latin Jazz Ensemble, Studio Jazz Ensemble, and several jazz combos.  Dyne also teaches Introduction to Music: Rock & Roll and Basic Musicianship courses.  He is also a professional trombonist, composer, and clinician.

Gregory Beyrer

3. Texts & Tweets while Teaching

Outcomes for the Presentation

Attendees will leave with an understanding of how instant messages and Twitter can be used during a face-to-face class.
Technology: I will show how I use Twitter and a Google Voice account for live digital communication during class.

How will students benefit?

Students benefit through their enhanced participation during class.
Student success: This comes from the increased student engagement with the class and connection with the instructor.

College and Department

Distance Education Coordinator, Cosumnes River College

Bio - Gregory Beyrer

Greg has been the DE coordinator at CRC since 2000. He also teaches courses in history, on how to be a successful online student, and how to be a health care IT trainer.
Professor Gregory Beyrer,
May 23, 2012, 9:31 AM