As all chemistry educators know, if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the precipitate.
That’s why ADInstruments has partnered with Vernier to bring you a complete lab-based solution for your general chemistry course! Whether you plan to meet face-to-face in the classroom this semester or need the flexibility to complete labs remotely, the Lt Chemistry collection has you covered.
The collection consists of 19 hands-on labs that promote key scientific skills outlined by the American Chemical Society (including problem solving, chemical safety, and communication), develop students’ ability to perform practical lab techniques, and engage learners with the possibilities of chemistry.
Chemistry is all around
Each lab begins with an everyday example, modern application, or historical vignette to highlight the relevance of chemistry to our daily lives. Why do your car tires go flat in the winter? Look no further than Charles’ law. What do electrostatic forces have to do with the beer-brewing process? How did ancient cultures’ consumption of willow leaf tea during childbirth influence the synthesis of modern-day pain relievers?
Right off the bat, students are provided with concrete examples of how core chemistry topics relate to their world. Research shows that linking abstract concepts to everyday examples helps improve both recall and retention1, and from personal experience, can also increase engagement and motivation. Throughout the labs, written information is complemented by high-quality diagrams and illustrations. This multi-modal “dual-coding” approach is also known to help boost learning and memory of complex topics1.
Engage students in and out of the lab
All 19 labs engage students in hands-on activities, with 17 using Vernier’s Go Direct® sensors to support real-time data acquisition. However, if face-to-face sessions aren’t possible that week (or month, or year), we provide a complete set of distance learning labs that are designed for remote use and come equipped with example data for all activities. So no matter the situation, all learners can still familiarize themselves with experimental procedures, analyze and interpret real data, and improve their scientific writing and communication skills by completing built-in lab reports.
Focus on understanding and building skills
In a reflective article about teaching chemistry through the Covid-19 pandemic, Pilkington and Hanif (2021) noted that, even in the absence of hands-on data collection, the act of data analysis and interpretation still challenges and builds the critical thinking and problem solving skills we want to instill in our students2. The authors also adjusted their focus to test students for understanding, rather than their ability to recall facts2. The Lt Chemistry labs reflect this pedagogical shift through a variety of interactive questions that target lower to higher levels of Bloom’s taxonomy. This approach provides diverse and rigorous assessment that encompasses more complex skills beyond rote learning. Additionally, all questions contain thorough, built-in feedback to support learners through the lesson (whether they are completing it in the lab or from afar). Lt also supports spaced learning study techniques, as your students can log in and review their work, and this written feedback, at any time.
Customize for your classroom
While our labs are built to be used out-of-the box to save you time, Lt’s suite of intuitive authoring tools gives you the flexibility and freedom to customize any part of the lesson to fit your needs and teaching style.
We hope this introduction to the Lt Chemistry Collection makes you feel in your element! We’d love to hear your reaction.
Increase student engagement and learning with real-life applications of chemistry, high quality illustrations, and hands-on data collection and analysis.
Modernize your classroom with our sleek, intuitive learning platform and Vernier’s robust, reliable hardware.
Save time by using our complete, ready-to-use general chemistry curriculum aligned with ACS guidelines.
Customize and edit the content to meet your needs!
Go at your own pace: Students can log in to Lt and access their labs and question feedback at any time to suit their schedule and study preferences.
1 Weinstein, Y., Madan, C.R. & Sumeracki, M.A. (2018) Teaching the science of learning. Cognitive Research: Principles and Applications. 3, 2. https://doi.org/10.1186/s41235-017-0087-y
2 Pilkington LI, Hanif M. (2021) An account of strategies and innovations for teaching chemistry during the COVID‐19 pandemic. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education. 49, 320–322. https://doi.org/10.1002/bmb.21511