Volume IV: What works, what matters, what lasts

Modules as a Tool

21st Century Pedagogies

The mission of ChemConnections is to develop new curricula, materials and methods to enhance the appreciation and learning of science, especially chemistry, for every undergraduate student such that all college graduates will command the knowledge and skills necessary to permit continued learning, to lead productive lives, and to make informed decisions.


  • Eileen L. Lewis
    Lecturer & Project Director
    Modular CHEM Consortium
    University of California Berkeley

  • Brock Spencer
    Paul L. Kohnstamm Professor of Chemistry
    Beloit College

Essays, Stories & Reports:

  • An Essay
    - Brock Spencer, Paul L. Kohnstanm Professor of Chemistry- Beloit College

Resources from PKAL:

  • ChemConnections - A Guide To Teaching With Modules
    "The ChemConnections modules' focus on active learning is based on a deep understanding of how students learn most effectively. Cooperative learning, writing across the curriculum, and guided discovery-based learning have all been shown to increase higher-level thinking and problem solving as well as retention of material. The goal of the modules is to provide resources to instructors that will allow them to transform their classrooms into active, student-centered learning environments."

Resources from other sources:

  • ChemConnections
    "A module opens with an initial session that asks an important question and assesses student knowledge related to that question in order to set the context for subsequent activities. Intermediate sessions explore various aspects of the overall question by breaking it down into essential sub-questions, gathering and working with relevant information through a variety of activities in class, in the laboratory, with media, and as homework to develop an answer to the immediate question."

  • Multi-Initiative Dissemination Project
    "The NSF-sponsored Multi-Initiative Dissemination (MID) Project introduces faculty to the four NSF Systemic-Change Intiatives in Chemistry. Over a three-year period, the MID Project will offer 1.5 day workshops regularly during the academic year in geographically diverse locations."