A Free Web-Based Learning Tool.
Indiana University has been awarded a federal education grant to study the effectiveness of an online learning tool for chemistry called CALM (Computer Assisted Learning Method). CALM was developed in 1996 by the Department of Chemistry at Indiana University, Bloomington and is primarily used by chemistry teachers in the form of an online homework system that allows the assessment and tracking of student performance to chemistry questions. CALM has been and will continue to be a free service for teachers and students.
We are in the process of recruiting teachers into the third year of a three year randomized control study. We are looking for approximately 70 teachers who have not used CALM in the past and are teaching at least one general chemistry course in the fall of 2011.
Participating teachers will receive a stipend. Also, because all teachers participating in the CALM study (those assigned to both treatment and control groups) will receive training during a CALM workshop on IUís campus, teachers may be eligible to count the workshop time as up to 12-15 hours of professional development. The workshop aligns with most statesí professional development standards as it addresses the integration and utilization of technology inside and outside of the classroom, furthers content knowledge, helps to plan instruction that is appropriate for students at all levels, and facilitates the development of alternative teaching methods for differentiated instruction.
Please contact us for additional information on CALM and the research study. Space in the 2011-2012 Cohort is limited so please return signed forms as soon as possible to ensure your place in this study!
CALM Study Interest Form
Thank you for your consideration and please let us know if you have any questions.