We have created chemistry lab videos using the ‘Khan style’ format, wherein text, symbols and diagrams appear in color on a black computer screen, while the teacher explains the material. Our lab videos are typically 10-15 minutes long and describe the theory, procedure, and safety tips for an upcoming lab; note that a great deal of information can be communicated very efficiently within a video format. The students are required to write and submit a short procedure based upon the content of the video before beginning the lab.
The students are required to write and submit a short procedure based upon the content of the video before beginning the lab. Making an instructional video is faster and simpler than writing a detailed lab handout and a standard video template is available. The hardware is an inexpensive (~ $60.00) electronic tablet. Moreover, free creation software and storage are readily available. Our lab videos are universally accessible from anywhere, after they are uploaded on YouTube. Advances in technology have finally put simple and inexpensive instructional video production, and universal delivery, into the hands of every university chemistry teacher!We will discus the advantages presented by video instruction in preparing students to conduct an experiment, chemistry video examples (see http://youtu.be/VLjEY3vOfoI) and laboratory grade assessments