Archived 2020 Events and Information


2020 Community Forum Series – “Tools for Online Chemistry Instruction”


The COVID Teaching Landscape

Held on Jun 4, 2020 Video and Supporting Materials here

Curious about what other chemistry faculty are planning for fall semester with the disruption caused by COVID-19?  Interested in sharing your novel ideas or pragmatic adjustments you made in changing on the fly from face-2-face to online instruction?  Join us and other 2YC3 members for an informal online chat. 


Chemistry Labs in the Time of COVID-19

Held on Jul 30, 2020  Video and Supporting Materials here

Curious about what other chemistry faculty are planning for labs and lectures this fall semester with the disruption caused by COVID-19? Interested in sharing your novel ideas or pragmatic adjustments you made in changing on the fly from Face-2-Face to online lecture and/or lab instruction? Join us for an informal chat!  


Strategies for Remote Exams and Assessments

Held on Sept 11, 2020Video and Supporting Materials here

Network with other two-year college chemistry faculty as we discuss tips on everything from exam logistics and mitigating cheating to small (or big) changes we can make in our assessment approaches.  Our hosts for this discussion will be Dr. Laura Anna and Dr. DeeDee Allen.  Laura is the Chemistry Department Chair at Montgomery College - Rockville Campus which is a community college in Rockville, Maryland and DeeDee is the 2YC3 Industrial Sponsors Chair and a Professor of Chemistry at Wake Tech Community College in Raleigh, North Carolina.


225th 2YC3 Conference - Fall 2020 – “Tools for Online Chemistry Instruction”

Fostering Student Learning in the Online Environment: Moving Beyond the Typical Lecture Video

Jack Eichler, Ph.D. – University of California, Riverside

Held on October 30, 2020 – Video and Supporting Materials here

A recent study in our research group provides evidence that within a model flipped classroom treatment, the online learning portion of the intervention yielded the majority of performance gains and the in-person collaborative group learning phase did not appear to yield any further performance gains. These findings suggest instructors should devote more time and energy optimizing learning materials used in the online learning space. Ideas for increasing student engagement in online learning and considerations for how to best teach representational competence in the undergraduate chemistry curriculum will be discussed.


What’s Working and What Isn’t?

Olga Katkova M.S. M.Sc – Truckee Meadows Community College

Held on November 10, 2020 Video and Supporting Materials here

How is your syllabus and course design holding up to plans? What is working, and just as importantly, what isn’t working? Many of us have been told that we will be online again in the spring, and all of us have had some unique experiences this semester.  Let’s take time in a community forum where we can all share our experiences and learn from each other!


Remote Active Learning Techniques

Charlie Barrows Ph.D. – Cascadia College

Peggy Harbol Ph.D. – Cascadia College

Held on November 10, 2020 – Video and Supporting Materials here

In this interactive webinar, participants will explore active-learning strategies, dissect a lesson from the point of view of the instructor and of the student, and discuss synchronous/asynchronous adaptations during COVID. Each participant will leave with a plan to incorporate an active-learning experience in one of their own lessons. Everyone is welcome, from newbs to seasoned instructors.


Student-generated instructional materials and their use for assessment purposes in remote teaching environments

Alexey Leontyev, Ph.D. – North Dakota State University

Held on November 13, 2020 – Video and Supporting Materials here

This talk addresses the use of student-generated instructional such as videos and infographics to promote awareness of green chemistry principles during remote instruction. We used Flipgrid as an asynchronous platform for students to create their videos based on assigned case studies from the Green Chemistry Challenge award winners. For student-generated infographics, we used Flipgrid, Perusall, and Blackboard Discussion Board to help scaffold the students through creating infographics. These projects were viewed favorably by students with most indicating that they would like to see similar assignments implemented in future courses. These activities increase student awareness of the 12 green chemistry principles. While we implemented these activities in an Organic Chemistry laboratory course with chemistry majors, we hope that other instructors who find the need to move their instruction online can use these activities either directly or with modifications to fit their course needs.


Chemistry Education Today for our 2050 World

Peter Mahaffy, Ph.D. – King’s University

Held on November 13, 2020 – Video and Supporting Materials here

Our current first-year chemistry students will be mid-career professionals in 2050.  What will the world they work and live in look like?  Will they see chemistry as a truly central science that played a crucial role in addressing the challenges identified in the early part of the century, such as mitigation and adaptation strategies to address global climate change and threats to our planetary boundaries? And what lessons will they have learned from us about how to be resilient and thrive in the midst of the complexity, uncertainty and change their lives were thrown into by the COVID-19 pandemic?  Since the pandemic hit half-a-year (and what seems like a lifetime) ago, science educators have reflected on how to teach and learn on-line or in hybrid modes, and great strategies to make the best of challenging circumstances have come forward!  But there has been much less deep reflection on what we teach and learn, especially in light of the massive disruption to the lives of students and educators, the public, and our planet caused by the pandemic.  Should we “get back to normal” as quickly as we can once a vaccine is widely implemented, or are there fundamental ways in which we should re-examine education to better equip students for resilience and thriving in the midst of uncertainty, fear, complexity and change?  This lecture will draw on the work of a global initiative to unpack and implement systems thinking in chemistry education.  It will also feature interactive visualizations created by the King’s Centre for Visualization in Science (


Free Resources Roundtable

Ashley Donovan Ph.D. – American Chemical Society

Lori Watson Ph.D. – Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource

Scott Donnelly M.S. – ChemEd Xchange

Held on November 20, 2020 – Video and Supporting Materials here

Do you need or use free electronic resources online for your teaching?  Join us for this Roundtable where three very different organizations – the American Chemical Society, the Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource (VIPEr), and Chem Ed Xchange share with us the vast multitude of FREE electronic resources that are available for chemistry instructors!


Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) – A New Solicitation from the National Science Foundation

Michael Davis – National Science Foundation

Held on December 4, 2020 – Video and Supporting Materials Here

The National Science Foundation is committed to developing a more diverse and capable science and engineering workforce.  The Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) program is supported by the DUE and HRD divisions of the Education and Human Resources Directorate.  A new HSI solicitation was released earlier this year, and proposals are due in January of 2021.  This new solicitation supports (1) planning and pilot projects, (2) implementation and evaluation projects, and (3) institutional transformation projects.  Two of these areas have incentives for community college partnerships.  Program Officer and community college professor, Mike Davis, will describe the HSI program, its various funding tracks, and the major components of proposals for each track.  


2020 Committee on Chemistry on the Two Year Colleges Meeting Minutes (COCTYC a.k.a. Executive Board for 2YC3)