Penn College chemistry faculty member presents paper in global forum
A Pennsylvania College of Technology chemistry faculty member recently presented her innovative teaching methods in an online conference featuring international participants and attendees.
Kelly B. Butzler, associate professor of chemistry, presented “Flipped at an Open-Enrollment College” during an Online ConfChem conference focused on the “flipped classroom” and hosted by the American Chemical Society’s Division of Chemical Education’s Committee on Computers in Chemical Education. Butzler’s presentation also included a weeklong discussion about her paper.
A “flipped classroom” is a blended learning approach to a standard classroom; it moves lectures online, outside of class and moves assignments into the classroom where teachers can provide guidance and answer questions.
According to the ACS, ConfChem is the oldest, ongoing online conference in the chemical sciences, with the first ConfChem conference occurring in 1993. Butzler, who writes a blog titled “Kelly’s 24-Hour Classroom,” kellybutzler.wordpress.com, is pursuing a doctorate in education, specializing in e-learning.
She has taught at Penn College for 15 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Gettysburg College, as well as a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in organic chemistry from North Carolina State University.