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Faculty Member Presents at Conference for Chemistry Educators

A member of the chemistry faculty at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently presented papers at the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education.

Kelly B. Butzler, assistant professor of chemistry at Penn College, presented two sessions at the conference, held July 29-Aug. 2 at The Pennsylvania State University.

Kelly B. Butzler
Kelly B. Butzler

The first was titled “Flip Your Class: Strategies and Student Reactions to a Flipped Classroom.” During the session, she described how classroom-capture technology is used in an organic chemistry class to facilitate low-level learning outside of class. As a result, higher-level problem-solving skills are addressed in the classroom in a collaborative and interactive atmosphere.

Butzler also presented “Go Beyond the Multiple Choice Test: Creative Assignments for the Online Science Course.” She explained that the “Net Generation” student learns by interaction and collaboration, and she offered guidelines for designing online science courses to include more than just “lecture,” textbook readings and texts. She provided activity descriptions, rubrics and examples of student assignments.

Butzler has taught at Penn College for 13 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Gettysburg College, as well as a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in organic chemistry from North Carolina State University.

She is pursuing a Doctor of Education degree from Northcentral University, specializing in e-learning.

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