Advantages, Disadvantages and Considerations
- Allows much more thorough
coverage of tools and techniques than other forms of instruction
- Long-term assignments can
integrate all the lessons of the course.
- Learning chemical information
becomes a primary goal, rather than a secondary goal.
- Getting approval for a
full-term, especially credit bearing class, can be difficult at some
- Motivating students to take
the class in the first place can be a challenge.
- Wide range of student
interests may cause part of class to tune out at any given time.
- Creating and maintaining an
in-depth course can be very time-consuming.
- Handling large classes, especially
for hands-on training can be difficult.
- How long should the course
be? Should you try to cover everything in one course?
- What level should you aim at?
- Should chemical information
instruction be required? At what level?
- What instructor resources do
you have? (Transparencies, presentation software, live online, etc.)
- Hands-on training with
electronic resources: what are your options?
- How big a class can you
- Are there opportunities for
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Author: Chuck Huber
(email@example.com). Last modified: May 31, 1997