The Use of Virtual Tabletop for Revising Electron Counting in Inorganic Chemistry (75614)

Session Information: Design, Implementation & Assessment of Innovative Technologies in Education
Session Chair: Pedro Alves

Saturday, 25 November 2023 13:10
Session: Session 2
Room: Room C (Live Stream)
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Electron counting of transition metal complexes is an essential concept taught in year 2 inorganic at the Department of Chemistry, NUS. We have previously developed a physical card game termed “CountQuest” for revising electron counting in the fall of 2019. In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the game was moved online and played using the annotate feature in Zoom with preset card decks. However, this arrangement was cumbersome and difficult to track the card “played” by each online player. Thus in 2021, we used a free virtual tabletop website, “playingcards.io” to implement the online version of CountQuest. Playingcards.io provides highly customizable game rooms and board/card games for online players. The interface of each game room is such that the game mechanics is very similar to a face-to-face experience. The playingcards.io version of CountQuest was piloted with 79 students in several one-hour tutorial sessions playing in groups of 4-5. Pre and post-game survey indicates that similar to the past two iterations, CountQuest greatly increased the students’ confidence in electron counting from 33% to 73%. Pre and post-game quizzes demonstrated that at a 95% significance level, the students’ scores have improved. A large majority of students (80%) surveyed felt that it was easy to play the game in playingcards.io and the layout of the virtual playing area was clear. The results are encouraging and suggest that virtual tabletop websites such as playingcards.io can be used to facilitate effective online pedagogy even as the world emerges from the pandemic.

Authors:
Maw Lin Foo, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Su Ying Jillian Goh, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Hafizah Osman, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Wee Han Ang, National University of Singapore, Singapore


About the Presenter(s)
Dr Maw Lin Foo is a University Professor/Principal Lecturer at National University of Singapore in Singapore

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00