Dr. Layne Morsch

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2019 UIS Pearson Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching

2018 UIS Burks Oakley II Distinguished Online Teaching Award

2017 College of Liberal Arts and Science Excellence in Teaching Award

B.S. Chemistry: Minnesota State University Mankato (1991)
Ph.D. Organic Chemistry: 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 Chem 1 on Libre Texts,  Chem 1 on iTunes U or Chem 1 on YouTube
CHE 268 Organic Chemistry I lab
CHE 269 Organic Chemistry II – Check out Organic Chem 2 on Chem 2 on LibreTexts, Chem 2 on iTunes U or Chem 2 on YouTube

CHE 271 Organic Chemistry II lab

My organic chemistry course text was developed in the LibreText (formerly ChemWiki) and can be found here


CHE 363 ECCE: Energy & the Environment

CHE 124 General Chemistry for the Health Professions

CHE 151 Survey of Organic and Biochemistry

CHE 302 Undergraduate Research


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:

  • inter-institutional collaborative assignments for organic chemistry (A story on our international partnership)
  • having students create video vignettes to learn chemistry topics
  • shifting away from paper lab notebooks to an electronic lab notebook
  • using iSpartan to teach infrared spectroscopy and molecular modeling on iPad
  • replacing traditional textbooks with the Chemistry LibreText (Open Educational Resources)

Video Vignettes

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


Recent Publications

Multi-dimensional trust between partners for international online collaborative learning in ‘The Third Space’, Brett McCollum, Layne Morsch, and Michael Wentzel, In Press- International Journal of Students as Partners, April 2019.

Emergence of Different Perspectives of Success in Collaborative Learning, McCollum, Falcione, Campbell, Chamberlain, Macias, Morsch, and Pinder, In Press – Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, March 2019.

The Mechanisms App: Development of a New Learning Tool for Active Learning in Organic Chemistry, Julia Winter, Brittland K. DeKorver, Sarah E. Wegworth, Dane Desutter, Lawrence M. Goldman, Lauren M. Reutenauer and Layne A. Morsch, Chapter Submitted, March 2019.

Inquiry-Based IR Spectroscopy Activity Using iSpartan or Spartan for Introductory-Organic-Chemistry Students , Amy Balija and Layne Morsch, Journal of Chemical Education submitted, March 2019. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.8b00456

Practicing Multi-modal Chemistry Communication through Online Collaborative Learning, Michael Wentzel, Isaiah Ripley, Layne Morsch and Brett McCollum, Chapter submitted, February 2019.

Overcoming Barriers for Implementing International Online Collaborative Assignments, Brett McCollum, Layne Morsch, Brandon Shokoples and Darlene Skagen, Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 10(1),  2019.

Reading and Relationships in Organic Chemistry, McCollum, Morsch, and Wentzel, manuscript submitted, May 2018.

Developing Communication Confidence and Professional Identity in Chemistry through International Online Collaborative Learning, Darlene Skagen, Brett McCollum, Layne Morsch and Brandon Shokoples, Chemical Education Research and Practice, 2018, 19, 567-582.

Student Authored Video Vignettes in Chemistry, Layne A. Morsch, e-Mentor, 2017, 3, 25-32. DOI: 10.15219/em70.1303

Flipped Teaching in Organic Chemistry Using iPad Devices, Layne A. Morsch, The Flipped Classroom Volume 1: Background and Challenges, Jan 2016, 73-92. DOI:10.1021/bk-2016-1223.ch006

Chancellor Koch’s State Journal Register Columns:

Engaging Organic Chemistry Students Using ChemDraw for iPad, L.A. Morsch and M. Lewis, Journal of Chemical Education201592(8), 1402-1405. DOI   1021/acs.jchemed.5b00054 (June 2015)

Green Aqueous Wittig Reaction: Teaching Green Chemistry in Organic Teaching Laboratories, Layne A. Morsch, Leanne Deak, Dyllan Tiburzi, Harrison Schuster, and Brittney Meyer, Journal of Chemical Education2014, 91(4), 611-614. DOI: 10.1021/ed400408k (Feb 2014)


Recent Presentations

  • Student metaphors of online collaborative learning from INCLD: International Network for Chemistry Language Development, L. Morsch, B. McCollum, M. Wentzel. Oral Presentation at 2018 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE), South Bend, IN (August 2018)
  • Growing student confidence in communication from INCLD: International Network for Chemistry Language Development, L. Morsch, B. McCollum, M. Wentzel. Oral Presentation at 2018 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE), South Bend, IN (August 2018)
  • Emergence of different perspectives of success in collaborative learning, C. Pinder, E. Campbell, S. Falcione, L. Morsch, B. McCollum, J. Chamberlain, M. Macias. Poster Presentation at 2018 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE), South Bend, IN (August 2018)

Students and faculty for 2018 BCCE poster presentation

  • Exploring the essence of success in collaborative learning using phenomenology, C. Pinder, E. Campbell, S. Falcione, L. Morsch, B. McCollum, J. Chamberlain, M. Macias. Poster Presentation at 2018 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE), South Bend, IN (August 2018)
  • Studying abroad without leaving your own campus in the International Network for Chemistry Language Development, INCLD, B. Ekwonwa, I. Ripley, A. Roberts, L. Morsch, B. McCollum, M. Wentzel. Poster Presentation at 2018 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE), South Bend, IN (August 2018)
  • Invited Keynote Address, ICCHE Innovation Award Winner Presentation: Collaborative Learning Across Borders, ICCHE-ACHE Great Lakes Joint Conference, Chicago, IL (February 2018).
  • Cross-Border Disciplinary Dialogue Between Peers, L. Morsch and B. McCollum Oral Presentation at International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) 2017, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (October 2017).
  • Designing an Interinstitutional Collaborative Assignment, Morsch Oral Presentation at 2017 Faculty Summer Institute, Champaign, IL (May 2017).

Dr. Morsch leading a breakout session at Faculty Summer Institute 2017

  • Interinstitutional Chemistry Communication Practice Part 1: The ins and outs of implementing an international collaboration, L. Morsch and B. McCollum Oral Presentation at 253rd American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting, San Francisco, CA (April 2017).
  • Interinstitutional Chemistry Communication Practice Part 2: Technological, social, and disciplinary barriers, B. McCollum and L. Morsch Oral Presentation at 253rd ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, CA (April 2017).
  • Interinstitutional Collaborative Chemistry Assignments, T. Chasteen, B. Shokoples, D. Skagen, B. McCollum and L. Morsch Poster Presentation at 253rd ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, CA (April 2017).Dr. Morsch and students standing in front of research poster

 

  • Invited Keynote Address, Organic Learning and Transformation through Innovation, Technology in Education Exposition, Virtual Conference through Heartland Community College (March 2017).
  • Workshop: Emerging Technologies for Online Learning, Cook, V.;  Newman, L; Morsch, L. and Craig, T. OLC Accelerate 2016 Conference, Orlando, FL (Nov 2016)
  • Flipping Organic! Active learning in organic chemistry through iPads, iTunes U and ChemWiki, Morsch, L. A. 2016 Biennial Conference in Chemical Education, Active learning in organic chemistry symposium, Greeley, CO (Aug 2016). Flipping Organic! (Keynote file)
  • 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

Service

  • Chair, Department of Chemistry (2016-)
  • Facilitator for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Fellows (2017-)

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  • Lead organizer of Community for Innovative and Engaged Learning (CIEL) (2017-)

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  • 2017-19 COLRS Senior Faculty Fellow
  • University Tenure Review Committee (2015-)
  • Faculty Development Advisory Board (2015-)
  • 2014-15 Center for Online Learning, Research and Service (COLRS) Faculty Fellow
  • Co-chair UIS StARS (Student Arts & Research Symposium) (2012-2016)
  • Intercollegiate Athletics Committee (2010-2016)
  • Faculty mentor for UIS Chemistry Club (2008-2016)