Committee on Computers in Chemical Education Report, Winter 2012

The Committee on Computers in Chemical Education is a standing committee of the Division of Chemical Education, which according to the bylaws “seeks to encourage, publicize and support the development, implementation and assessment of computing technologies in chemical education”. The CCCE runs an annual Fall online newsletter, and as a service to the general chemical education community hosts the online ConfChem conferences.

The Fall 2012 Newsletter ran from October 29 to November 21 with 7 papers being discussed for 72 hours apiece, with 109 comments and 5,057 hits being logged as of November 27. The papers can currently be accessed at the CCCE site,

The Spring 2013 ConfChem, Teaching and Learning Chemistry with MOODLE will be held in May & June 2013 and is organized by Linda Fanis & Janice Tomasik. Please see the ConfChem section of this Newsletter for further information.

The CCCE received an ACS Innovative Projects Grant to develop folksonomic indexing of the ConfChem/Newsletter archives. The decision was made to move from the Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 content management system and host the project in the Amazon cloud. A development site has been set up and we hope to have this online for the Spring 2013 ACS meeting in New Orleans. With Drupal we are currently using taxonomies to bundle papers in a “View” based upon their tags (which currently identify which ConfChem or Newsletter a paper belongs to). Folksonomies are knowledge frameworks based on taxonomies generated through social tagging and we are developing this to enable crowd-based tagging of both papers and comments. Once this is online we will be able to bundle papers from different conferences and newsletters based on social generated tag-based themes, enabling new discoveries based on connecting old articles through new associations.

In collaboration with ACS CINF the CCCE is organizing the first OLCC since 2004 and this will be on Cheminformatics. We plan to offer this intercollegiate course in the Spring of 2014 and Fall of 2015 and are looking for faculty who would be interested in offering this course at their home institutions. Further information can be found in the CCCE Cheminformatics OLCC section of this Newsletter.

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