Carl LeBlond of the Department of Chemistry has published four new question types for teaching and assessing students in chemistry. These question types were designed for the open source LMS Moodle and are available for download on the Moodle website.
Learning organic chemistry nomenclature is not extremely difficult,
and most students acquire the basics quickly. Unfortunately, a good
percentage of students mangle the format, punctuation, and/or
spelling, losing valuable points on exams and quizzes. With this in
mind, a new question type was designed to reinforce IUPAC
nomenclature with an emphasis on formatting and punctuation. Students must construct names by dragging and dropping parent
chains, prefixes, suffixes, and punctuation symbols to form the
The 2D/3D Structure Display short answer question type is a short
answer question with MarvinSketch for building question content and
MarvinView for displaying question content.
This question type allows instructors to design questions in which
students select various atoms, molecules, bonds, or other objects. The instructor builds molecules or reactions with the MarvinSketch editor and selects certain objects as the answer. The
student is then presented with the molecules or reactions and must
select according to question text.
structure question type allows instructors to draws valid Lewis structures with all lone pairs and
charges for a molecule. The student is presented with the
structure stripped of lone pairs or formal charge, and they must
add correct number of lone pairs/radicals or charges to any atoms.
Department of Chemistry