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A serious game for use in chemistry studies

A serious game which integrates playful elements into the dry technical material of the course “Toxicology and Law” was developed to increase student motivation. In the game, the world population is threatened by a bioterrorist attack using anthrax. The student takes on the role of a scientist who has to develop a new drug to save humanity. In this role, students become acquainted with different ways of working in cell biological laboratories, learn the laboratory safety practices and procedures and have ample opportunities to practice their data interpretation skills. While they play the game, virtual students ask them questions about the lecture material, so that the students can easily check their knowledge of the course material.

In winter semester 2018/19, 130 chemistry students in their third semester played the game for the first time. In the coming years, the impact of the game on student learning outcomes will be investigated. However, it can already be said that using the game greatly improved the motivation of the students.

This serious game was developed in cooperation between the Institute for Inorganic Chemistry and MfL.


Serious-Game: "Die Rettung der Zink & Co."

"Die Rettung der Zink & Co." or "The Rescue of Zinc & Co.“ is the first of its kind at RWTH. Professor Marcel Liauw and his team developed the game for the compulsory course "Technical Chemistry II: Reaction Technology." The game offers students the opportunity to apply and practice their knowledge of the course material, while solving relevant, practical problems in a virtual chemical facility.


Self-Study Units, E-Assessments, and Direct Feedback Channel

Self-study learning units, e-assessments, and a direct feedback channel are used in the tutorial "Fundamentals of Chemistry" with over 1000 students. The tutorial is conducted by Dr. Corinna Kaulen from the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry and Electrical Chemistry headed by Professor Ulrich Simon.


Videos Demonstrating Techniques Used in Qualitative Inorganic Chemistry

The videos were produced through a collaboration between Media for Teaching and Dr. Thomas Spaniol at the Chair of Inorganic Chemistry under the direction of Professor Jun Okuda as part of efforts taken to modernize the lab course.

Chemical digestion of sparingly soluble barium and strontium salts, followed by separation and detection of Ba2+ and Sr2+ ions

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