We conduct chemistry education research and build innovative tools to support student learning

Our research in chemistry education is in a type of discipline-based education research. In the group, we study students’ chemistry concepts, design new teaching and learning methods, and more! Explore the site for more details or watch the video below.

 
 

GROUP NEWS


Figure 10 - Rachel correctly mapped the atoms for this step

Figure 10 - Rachel correctly mapped the atoms for this step

Congratulations to Kelli, Carlee, and Alison! Our manuscript was accepted for publication in Chemistry Education: Research and Practice.  Students’ interpretations of mechanistic language in organic chemistry before learning reactions

February 16, 2017


 
 

Congratulations to Amanda Bongers, Dr Georg Northoff, and Alison! We've been awarded a research grant from eCampusOntario to study student learning when using organic chemistry animations.

February 10, 2017


 
 

Alison met with students from the Science Students' Association to pilot the Self-Regulated Learning workshop. Everyone who attended helped build the workshop that will be offered to Faculty of Science students in a few weeks.

February 7, 2017


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Only one of us managed to stay upright during our Sunday skate on the Rideau Canal. But I think we all had a great time!

February 5, 2017


Alison presented the group's work in flipped classrooms at the University of Manitoba. Lots of great discussions with faculty and students!

February 2–3, 2017


 

Thank you Jessica Reed for presenting via Skype at today's group meeting and answering all our questions! We loved learning about your research (open access, too!). 

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/acs.jchemed.6b00659

February 2, 2017


Welcome to Dr. Mark Raycroft, new postdoctoral fellow in the group!

January 13, 2017


HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

 

Almost midnight, January 31, 2016

 "Almost" can be interpreted on a sliding scale depending on whether you have children, their ages, and/or whether you ever manage to stay up late. The combination of hockey, sledding, fireworks, hot chocolate, and a wonderful community was pretty awesome, regardless!


 

Congratulations to Dr. Amanda Bongers on a fantastic thesis defence today!!!

December 6, 2016


The Flynn Research Group enjoyed participating in the CGSA pumpkin carving contest on Halloween! 

October 31, 2016

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Congratulations to Alison and Ryan! Our new article was accepted at 6:30 am (EST) and online by 8 am (EST). CERP has skills!

http://pubs.rsc.org/en/Content/ArticleLanding/2016/RP/C6RP00126B#!divAbstract

Figure 13. Question A14d: distribution of common answers. The product of each step was provided as usual for this question type. 

Figure 13. Question A14d: distribution of common answers. The product of each step was provided as usual for this question type. 


Welcome to Rebecca Visser and Michael Min Wah Leung, two new undergraduate students in the group!

Rebecca Visser

Rebecca Visser

Michael Min Wah Leung

Michael Min Wah Leung

Welcome to new post-doctoral fellow Amanda Bongers! Sept 20, 2016

Welcome to new post-doctoral fellow Amanda Bongers!

Sept 20, 2016


Happy birthday to Kelli and Nik!!!!  Sept 15, 2016

Happy birthday to Kelli and Nik!!!! 

Sept 15, 2016


There's a new post-doctoral fellow joining the group soon! Stay tuned for details!

We're still always on the lookout for new graduate students. Feel free to explore the site and contact Alison Flynn if you're interested or have questions! 

Sept 10, 2016


Welcome to new graduate student Natalie Sadowski!!                  Sept 7, 2016                

Welcome to new graduate student Natalie Sadowski!!

                 Sept 7, 2016

               


Congratulations to Nik, Jeanette, and Alison for the manuscript titled "Evaluating students’ learning gains and experiences from using Nomenclature101.com" that has just been accepted for publication in Chemistry Education: Research and Practice! You can read the article here: http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2016/rp/c6rp00132g#!divAbstract

September 2, 2016


Thank you Hayley and Quinn for all your work to the summer! It was so great to have you as part of the group and I look forward to seeing where your future studies and careers take you!

August 30, 2016


Welcome to new uOttawa professors! Here are the slides from my presentation at the Conference for New Professors last week: goo.gl/5ilqO6. Thanks to the TLSS for the photos!

August 18, 2016

Aline Germain-Rutherford, Michel Laurier, Alison Flynn, and Jovan Groen

Aline Germain-Rutherford, Michel Laurier, Alison Flynn, and Jovan Groen


Kelli and Alison will be presenting at the Biennial Conference in Chemistry Education (BCCE) in Greeley, Colorado this week. Alison will be giving two talks titled:  "Flipped courses: Structure aligning learning outcomes and evaluation—Part 1" and "Flipped courses: Structure aligning learning outcomes and evaluation—Part 2". Kelli will also be giving two presentations titled: "Designing a national cross-sectional study to measure meaningful learning in the undergraduate chemistry laboratory" and "Exploring students’ understanding of mechanistic language".

You can find all the details here: http://www.unco.edu/bcce2016/conference_program.html 

 
Click to see the slides (including the hidden ones)

Click to see the slides (including the hidden ones)

 

July 30, 2016


The Self-Regulated Learning project's Evaluation Team met for the first time together to establish evaluation questions and start thinking about associated indicators. Thanks to Professor Katherine Moreau (CRECS, Faculty of Educator) and Julia Halar for guiding us through this process! You can find more information in the Chair section of the site.

The SRL evaluation team - still smiling after our first meeting--thanks everyone!

The SRL evaluation team - still smiling after our first meeting--thanks everyone!

Faculty of Education and CRECS Professor Katherine Moreau is guiding us through the evaluation process, with help from Master's in Education student Julia Halar.

Faculty of Education and CRECS Professor Katherine Moreau is guiding us through the evaluation process, with help from Master's in Education student Julia Halar.

Our brainstorming led us to 60 possible evaluation questions

Our brainstorming led us to 60 possible evaluation questions

Making sub-categories and grouping evaluation questions

Making sub-categories and grouping evaluation questions

Dot-mocracy in action to narrow down evaluation questions

Dot-mocracy in action to narrow down evaluation questions

July 26, 2016


Aliso presented at the Society for Teaching and Learning's Annual Conference in London, Ontario! Check out more information on her presentation "Student-directed online learning modules: Open Education Resources with opportunities to develop metacognitive skills" here, and her presentation "Flipped and blended courses in lecture and active learning classrooms: Structure and evaluation" here.

Here are the slides for the Flipped and Blended session: https://goo.gl/Wp4YCv

June 21, 2016


 
We had a great time canoeing and kayaking! 

We had a great time canoeing and kayaking! 

 

June 17, 2016


Alison presented at the 2016 Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition in Halifax, Nova Scotia! Online Tools for Chemistry Education and Chemistry Education Research in Canada

June 8, 2016

Here's the poster presentation. Please contact Alison if you supervise students in CER and would like your name added to the map.

Here's the poster presentation. Please contact Alison if you supervise students in CER and would like your name added to the map.


Nik presented at OCCI Day!

June 3, 2016


Alison will be presenting a poster about her Chair in University Teaching project at uOttawa's Kesarwani conference today (May 25th). Please stop by if you can! You can also watch the video below and/or read more here.

 
 

Congratulations to Nik, Jeanette, and Alison for winning best poster at uOttawa's Perspective Symposium! May 12, 2016

Congratulations to Nik, Jeanette, and Alison for winning best poster at uOttawa's Perspective Symposium!

May 12, 2016


CongratuLations Delphine and Declan!

Congratulations Declan Webber and Delphine Amellal, who defended their fourth year honours theses today! Well done!

April 28, 2016


Alison was awarded the 2016 Chair in University Teaching! You can read more about the Chair here: http://saea.uottawa.ca/site/index.php/en/chairs-and-grants/814-university-of-ottawa-chairs-in-university-teaching. More info to come soon! 

April 13, 2016


Quinn Ingram and Hayley Sprigings will be joining the group for the summer. Welcome back Quinn and welcome Hayley!

April 10, 2016


Kelli and Alison presented at the ACS conference in San Diego. 

March 13 – 17, 2016


Nik and Prof Flynn’s article on strategies used by successful synthesis solvers has been accepted for publication in J. Chem. Educ. The article will also be featured as an ACS Editor’s Choice, making it immediately available for open access! dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jchemed.5b00900