One other consideration - if we have to do all laboratories face-to-face - we are going to have some issues (particularly with funding) that means we would have to double the number of laboratory sections thus double the number of laboratory instructors - and some institutions will not be able to do this from a funding perspective - Oklahoma announced cuts to higher education earlier this month. And, that also does not account for space at some institutes, i.e. they won't have the space to double or time slots to double the number of laboratory periods to meet the social distancing requirements.
--- For more information about the DCHAS-L e-mail list, contact the Divisional membership chair at membership**At_Symbol_Here**dchas.org Follow us on Twitter **At_Symbol_Here**acsdchasOn Fri, Jun 5, 2020 at 8:35 PM Patricia Redden <predden**At_Symbol_Here**saintpeters.edu> wrote:
The New York section is holding a virtual discussion on Thursday, June 11, at noon to discuss various options for virtual labs. You're all welcome to join in if you wish, and if you can contribute something that worked this spring, we'd love to hear it. Drop me an email and I'll send the link once it's published.
Patricia Redden, Ph.D.
Professor, Chemistry Department
Fellow, American Chemical Society
Fellow, ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety
SAINT PETER'S UNIVERSITY
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--- For more information about the DCHAS-L e-mail list, contact the Divisional membership chair at membership**At_Symbol_Here**dchas.org Follow us on Twitter **At_Symbol_Here**acsdchasOn Fri, Jun 5, 2020 at 8:02 PM Melissa Anderson <mwanderson08**At_Symbol_Here**gmail.com> wrote:
--- For more information about the DCHAS-L e-mail list, contact the Divisional membership chair at membership**At_Symbol_Here**dchas.org Follow us on Twitter **At_Symbol_Here**acsdchasHi Everyone,
I'm looking for thoughts/ideas about reopening and running socially-distanced teaching labs. Our department just found out that we will most likely need to offer face-to-face labs for our GOB track so students can meet licensing requirements. We need to submit a proposal and I'd like to do my homework before getting started.
Is anyone else in the process of planning what a social-distancing chemistry teaching lab might look like? Or do you know of departments that offered such a program this past Spring and can provide insights on how it went?
Some ideas we have include separating students into smaller groups and having them only come in every three weeks to reduce room occupancy, having students wear (appropriate) face coverings, and shortening labs so custodial can clean between lab sessions (our labs are very impacted so we have little down time between labs normally).
I'd love to get in touch with anyone else considering the same issues or get insights from others who have looked at the problems in a different context.
Thanks in advance!
Melissa W. Anderson, Ph.D.Chemistry Instructor, Division of Natural SciencesStudent Learning Outcomes Co-Coordinator
Pasadena City College
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