MAALACT 2019 Meeting Updates

Housing Reservations

A group of hotel rooms have been reserved at the Courtyard by Marriott, 183-15 Horace Harding Expressway, Queens, NY 11365. Call (718) 746-6769 and mention St. John’s/MAALACT conference whenyou make your reservation to get the conference rate. September 25th is the deadline for the Early Bird Reservation Discount.

Additional rooms are available at the Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott, 183-31 Horace Harding Expressway, Queens, NY 11365 (718) 746-7230.

Abstract Submissions

Abstracts for presentations can be submitted at Abstract submission deadline has been extended to September 23rd, 2019.

Three workshops have been added:

1 A       Alexander Grushow, Rider University

                        “POGIL in the Laboratory, a Hands-On Introduction”

The first session will be an exploration of a laboratory activity using the POGIL framework. Participants will engage with materials and will explore the student experience in a POGIL lab environment.


1 B       Alexander Grushow, Rider University

                        “POGIL in the Laboratory – How to Manage The Session”

In the second session, we will discuss the implementation and facilitation of a POGIL-based laboratory experiment. Particular attention will be given to student work and behavior and what the faculty member does to guide students through the experiment.


2          Marcy Towns, Purdue University

“Un-Badge-lievable:  Digital Badges in Undergraduate Chemistry”

Digital badges are emerging in the field of education as a way for students to demonstrate knowledge tied to specific criteria and learning objectives. The badge format allows instructors to draw evidence-based conclusions about student knowledge using authentic assessment practices. While digital badges can be a useful tool for any course, they have successfully been implemented in the general chemistry laboratory as an authentic assessment of students’ hands-on laboratory skills. Student videos submitted as part of the badge provide a way for instructors to give individual feedback on hands-on lab skills, while alleviating time and resource constraints that typically impede this type of assessment especially in large-scale courses. This workshop will introduce participants to the world of digital badging. Participants will see examples of badges in the laboratory and explore the possibilities for digital badging throughout the chemistry curriculum. Finally, they will begin building a badge for their own course.