Developing a better understanding of teaching and learning in chemistry
The Cole Research Group

The Cole group is interested in issues related to how students learn chemistry and how that guides the design of instructional materials and teaching strategies. Much of our research focuses on the impact of teaching strategies on student learning and attitudes. We've also been investigating how to improve the impact of innovative, research-based teaching strategies and instructional materials.


Recent Group News


July: The entire group attended the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE) at the University of Notre Dame. Gil, Ian, Rayford, Katie, Marika, and Dr. Cole all gave research talks, and Ashlie was an invited speaker.

July: Rayford and Dr. Cole attended the International Conference on Chemistry Education (ICCE) in Sydney, Australia. Rayford gave a research talk, and Dr. Cole was an invited speaker.

May: Marika passed her comprehensive exam and is now a PhD candidate. Great job, Marika!

May: Dr. Cole was promoted to the rank of full professor! Not only that, but she was also honored as one of two Collegiate Scholars based on her exceptional achievement at the time of her promotion. Read more about it here.

March: As part of a collaborative effort to characterize the nation's STEM landscape, Dr. Cole's work was featured in Science. This study was also highlighted in Science 360 News and Inside Higher Ed.

March: Gil, Hao, and Dr. Cole went to ACS New Orleans. Gil and Dr. Cole gave talks, and Hao presented at the undergraduate poster session.

January: Gil and Dr. Cole held their annual ELIPSS project meeting in Dallas, Texas.



December: Arjun Paudel joined the research group as our new graduate student. Welcome to the group, Arjun!

November: Dr. Cole, Ashlie, and Gil took a break from the Iowa winter to present their work at the 2017 AAC&U STEM Conference in San Francisco. Dr. Cole and Gil ran a facilitated discussion on professional skills, and Ashlie and Dr. Cole presented posters.

July: Jennifer successfully defended her thesis. Congratulations, Dr. Schmidt-McCormack! Jennifer is starting a post-doc position with Ginger Shultz at the University of Michigan in August.

July: Jennifer, Gil, and Dr. Cole presented their work at the Transforming Research in Undergraduate STEM Education (TRUSE) Conference at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

June: Gil and Ian presented their work at the CER Graduate Student and Post-doc Professional Development Conference at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

June: Ashlie and Dr. Cole presented their work at the CER Gordon Research Conference at Bates College in Lewistown, Maine.

June: Ian and Dr. Cole held their first workshop for the PALAC project where they helped analytical chemistry faculty develop materials for active learning courses.

April: Jennifer presented at the Spring ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, California.

January: Gil and Dr. Cole held their annual ELIPSS project meeting at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Georgia.


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  • Cole Group Fall 2018

    Cole Group Fall 2018

  • Group + Alumni Reunion at BCCE 2018

    Group + Alumni Reunion at BCCE 2018

  • Cole Group Spring 2018

    Cole Group Spring 2018

  • Cole Group Spring 2017

    Cole Group Spring 2017