Dr. Layne Morsch

B.S. Chemistry: Minnesota State University Mankato (1991)
Ph.D. Organic: The University of Illinois – Chicago (2001)

Apple Distinguished Educator – Class of 2015 – read the Press Release

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I teach the following courses:

CHE 267 Organic Chemistry I – Check out Organic Chem 1 on iTunes U and the
CHE 268 Organic Chemistry I lab
CHE 269 Organic Chemistry II – Check out Organic Chem 2 on iTunes U

CHE 271 Organic Chemistry II lab

My organic chemistry course text was developed in the ChemWiki from UC Davis and can be found here

CHE 363 ECCE: Energy & the Environment


Research

My research focuses on how to improve student engagement and learning in organic chemistry. I am exploring several uses of technology and their impact on Flipped learning. Recent examples include:

•utilizing ChemDraw for iPad,

•shifting away from paper lab notebooks to an electronic lab notebook

•using iSpartan to teach infrared spectroscopy and molecular modeling

•having students create video vignettes to learn chemistry topics

•replacing traditional textbooks with the ChemWiki (Open Educational Resources)

•creating iBooks to be used by organic chemistry students

Technology in Chemical Education 

Chancellor Koch’s State Journal Register Column: Classroom Technology

Engaging Organic Chemistry Students Using ChemDraw for iPad, L.A. Morsch and M. Lewis, Journal of Chemical Education, 2015, 92(8), 1402-1405. DOI   1021/acs.jchemed.5b00054 (June 2015)

 

My organic chemistry classes are the first at UIS to incorporate iPads for all students. They use them to draw structures, to interact with spectra in lab and to create their own instructional videos to share with the class. The students tested an iBook on proton NMR that I coauthored with Dr. Brett McCollum from Mount Royal University.

Video Vignettes

My students create video vignettes to explain topics in organic chemistry. They can be found on YouTube


Green Organic Chem

Green Aqueous Wittig Reaction: Teaching Green Chemistry in Organic Teaching Laboratories

Layne A. Morsch, Leanne Deak, Dyllan Tiburzi, Harrison Schuster, and Brittney Meyer
J. Chem. Educ., Articles ASAP (As Soon As Publishable)
Publication Date (Web): February 18, 2014 (Communication)
DOI: 10.1021/ed400408k

 Recent presentations include:

Lights, Camera, Science Action! Morsch, L., Hahn, R. and Mabery, M. 2016 International Society for Technology in Education Conference, Denver, CO (Jun 2016)

Website for the conference materials with examples that can be incorporated into your classes can be found on google sites: Lights, Camera, Science Action!

2016-06-28 12.29.12 Lights Camera Science Action Poster - final

Flipping Organic! Morsch, L. 251st American Chemical Society National Meeting, Advances in E-learning session and SciMix poster session San Diego, CA (Mar 2016)

Dr. Morsch with Flipping Organic! poster at Sci Mix session ACS 2016, San Diego, CA
Dr. Morsch with Flipping Organic! poster at Sci Mix session ACS 2016, San Diego, CA

Using Technology to Engage Online Students in the UIS Campus Student Arts & Research Symposium, Switzer, C.; Morsch, L.; Gribbins, M.; Reminger, S.; Cass. M. and Walsh, A. 20th Online Learning Consortium International Conference, Orlando, FL (Oct 2014) Online Learning Consortium 2014 – Final

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Workshop: Emerging Technologies for Online Learning, Cook, V.;  Levin, C.; Gribbins, M.; Schroeder, R.; Morsch, L. and Boles, E. 20th Online Learning Consortium International Conference, Orlando, FL (Oct 2014) visit the website for the talk

Using a scientific collaboration platform, Elements™, in teaching organic chemistry, Morsch, L. and Gilman, B. 248th American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, CA (August 2014)

Flipped Teaching in Organic Chemistry, Morsch, L. 2014 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Allendale, MI (August 2014)  Morsch Flipped 2014 BCCE

ChemDraw for iPad as a tool for classroom engagement, Morsch, L. and  Keil, H. 2014 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Allendale, MI (August 2014)

Elements of Science Education: Joint PerkinElmer and University of Illinois – Springfield pilot on collaborative chemistry science, Morsch, L and Gilman, B. 2014 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Allendale, MI (August 2014)

ChemDraw for iPad in organic chemistry courses, Morsch, L. and Lewis, M. 2014 American Chemical Society National Meeting, Dallas, TX (March 2014)  Morsch Lewis 2014 ACS Dallas

Elements™ of Science Education: Joint PerkinElmer and University of Illinois Springfield pilot on collaborative chemistry, Encina, N. and Morsch, L. 2014 American Chemical Society National Meeting, Dallas, TX (March 2014)

Encina Morsch ACS Dallas presentation

Using ChemDraw for iPad and Flick-to-Share to Increase Engagement in Organic Chemistry, Morsch, L. ACS DivChed Committee on Computers in Chemical Education Fall Newsletter (November 2013)

ChemDraw, iPads, and collaboration tools in the classroom: Results of a joint PerkinElmer and McGraw-Hill pilot at the organic chemistry undergraduate level.  Keil, H., Morsch, L., Diller, P. and Smith, R. 2013 American Chemical Society National Meeting, Indianapolis, IN (September 2013)

2013 ACS poster - UIS, Perkin-Elmer and McGraw-Hill Education collaborators on ChemDraw for iPad
2013 ACS poster – UIS, Perkin-Elmer and McGraw-Hill Education collaborators on ChemDraw for iPad

Greening the Wittig and other reactions for the undergraduate organic teaching laboratory, Morsch, L., Tiburzi, D. and Deak, L., 2013 American Chemical Society National Meeting, Indianapolis, IN (September 2013)

Morsch and TIburzi poster
Morsch and TIburzi poster

Using Aqueous Wittig Reactions to Teach Green Organic Chemistry, D. Tiburzi, L. Deak and L.A. Morsch, 2012 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, State College, Pennsylvania. (August 2012)

Comparison of scanning probe microscopy hands-on experiments throughout the undergraduate chemistry curriculum, 2010 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Detnton, TX. (August 2010)

LFM of Self-Assembled Monolayers Following Nanolithography by Selective Ozonolysis. B. J. McLeod and L.A. Morsch, 2010 UIS Science Research Symposium. (April 2010)

C&EN Webinar – June 11, 2015 — Transforming the Undergraduate Chemistry Lab Using a Cloud Based ELN

Story about the use of Elements from the UIS student newspaper The Journal


Service

Chair, Department of Chemistry (2016-)

University Tenure Review Committee (2015-)

Faculty Development Advisory Board (2015-)

2014-15 Center for Online Learning, Research and Service Faculty Fellow
Co-chair UIS StARS (Student Arts & Research Symposium) (2012-2016)
Pre-Health Advising Committee
Intercollegiate Athletics Committee (2010-2016)
Faculty mentor for UIS Chemistry Club (2008-2016)