Carnegie Mellon University Department of Chemistry

Educational Initiatives

Online Learning

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The ChemCollective

David Yaron’s Chemistry Collective develops computer-based environments, such as a flexible virtual lab, that enable college and high school students to work on activities similar to practicing chemists. Ongoing research evaluates the effectiveness of these environments as well as how to build online communities to further develop digital libraries for science education.

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Virtual Mass Spectrometry Lab

Mark Bier, in collaboration with Joe Grabowski at the University of Pittsburgh, is developing a Virtual Mass Spectrometry Lab (VMSL) that enables students to learn to operate MS at a distance and to explore varied case studies.

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Learning Green: Introduction to Green Chemistry

Terry Collins, with funding from the Heinz Endowments, created an online introductory course about green chemistry.