Using poster sessions in a chemical information course


F. Bartow Culp, Mellon Library of Chemistry, Mellon Library of Chemistry, Purdue University, 504 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2058
In teaching a course in chemical information, the instructor is forever reconciling the opposing forces of content inclusion with class time availability. Even a full semester course is rarely more than a one-credit/one-class-per-week offering - barely enough time to teach the sources and skills necessary to fulfill minimal course objectives. Having students prepare and present a poster session is one way to maximize the use of limited class time. At Purdue University, a student poster project has been a popular part of the chemical information course for several years. In addition to the time savings mentioned above, there are other instructional advantages to this program.