Joe L. March

Associate Professor, Chemical Education march

286 Chemistry Building

march@uab.edu

205-934-8788

205-934-2543

My research interests have involved teaching methods in General Chemistry. I have actively pursued strategies in peer-led instruction, guided-inquiry laboratories, and incorporation of technology in the curriculum.

  1. Peer-Led Instruction
  2. Guided Inquiry Laboratories
  3. Technology in the Curriculum
I have been principal author on two major technology projects. The first was the ChemPages laboratory. This set of web pages describes laboratory techniques through the use of video, images, and text. The ChemPages were published by the Journal of Chemical Education: Software in 2000. For the second project I served as the Content Editor for Addison-Wesley Longman's Chemistry Place. This set of materials is now being delivered with all of AWL's introductory chemistry textbooks. We use technology throughout the curriculum at UAB. Lecture notes and other materials are readily available on the web site, and tutorials and homework sets are completed on computers in the Lower Division Technology Center. I am currently working on more tutorials and integration of technology in the laboratory. : I was the Laboratory Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison prior to my appointment at UAB. At UW, I converted their laboratory program to a modified guided inquiry approach. I am continuing to develop strategies for the laboratory and we have begun to implement these strategies at UAB. We have incorporated cooperative learning strategies in the General Chemistry courses. Students work in small groups in class and recitation to help each other learn the material. We have also incorporated learning communities in which students taking Biology and Chemistry in the same semester register for identical schedules. Another program that has been developed has been the Peer-Led Study groups. These study groups are led by chemistry majors who have successfully completed General Chemistry. 

 
My research interests have involved teaching methods in General Chemistry. I have actively pursued strategies in peer-led instruction, guided-inquiry laboratories, and incorporation of technology in the curriculum.

Peer-Led Instruction

We have incorporated cooperative learning strategies in the General Chemistry courses. Students work in small groups in class and recitation to help each other learn the material. We have also incorporated learning communities in which students taking Biology and Chemistry in the same semester register for identical schedules. Another program that has been developed has been the Peer-Led Study groups. These study groups are led by chemistry majors who have successfully completed General Chemistry.

Guided Inquiry Laboratories

I was the Laboratory Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison prior to my appointment at UAB. At UW, I converted their laboratory program to a modified guided inquiry approach. I am continuing to develop strategies for the laboratory and we have begun to implement these strategies at UAB.

Chemistry Place

I have been principal author on two major technology projects. The first was the ChemPages laboratory. This set of web pages describes laboratory techniques through the use of video, images, and text. The ChemPages were published by the Journal of Chemical Education: Software in 2000. For the second project I served as the Content Editor for Addison-Wesley Longman's . This set of materials is now being delivered with all of AWL's introductory chemistry textbooks. We use technology throughout the curriculum at UAB. Lecture notes and other materials are readily available on the web site, and tutorials and homework sets are completed on computers in the Lower Division Technology Center. I am currently working on more tutorials and integration of technology in the laboratory.

Recent Publications:

Book: Joe L. March and Craig McClure, “Introductory Chemistry Modules: A Guided Inquiry Approach”, Cengage Publishing, First Edition, 2012.

Joe L. March, “Is Honors General Chemistry Simply More Quantum Mechanics?” in The Other Culture: Science and Mathematics Education in Honors, National Collegiate Honors Council Monograph, 2012, page 153.