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Publications and Presentations


cPLTL Publications

Upcoming Presentations  

Spring 2016

  • Varma-Nelson, P. (2016, March).  Cyber Peer-Led Team Learning (cPLTL) in Organic Chemistry. Lecture to be delivered at the 251st ACS National Meeting, San Diego, California.
  • Varma-Nelson, P. (2016, March).  Empowering effect of leadership roles in undergraduate education. Lecture to be delivered at the 251st ACS National Meeting, San Diego, California.

Past Presentations

Fall 2015

  • Varma-Nelson, P. (2015, December). Overview of Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL). Lecture delivered at Pacifichem, Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Varma-Nelson, P. (2015, December). Cyber Peer-Led Team Learning (cPLTL). Lecture delivered at Pacifichem, Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Varma-Nelson, P. (2015, November). Peer-Led Team Learning and Cyber Peer-Led Team Learning. Invited by the Department of Biology to present a talk for The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Feder, E., Khan, I., Mazur, G., Vernon, T., Janke, T. Newbrough, J., Shuck, L., Zhu, L., & Varma-Nelson, P. (2015, October). Using mobile technology to expand access to collaborative online learning. Poster presented at the Educause Annual Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Wilson, S.B. & Varma-Nelson, P. (2015, June). Cyber Peer-Led Team Learning in organic chemistry. Poster presented at the Chemistry Education Research & Practice Gordon Research Conference, Lewiston, Maine.

Spring 2015 

  • Newbrough, R. (2015, May). Cyber Peer-Led Team Learning:  Student collaboration outside the classroom. Presentation delivered at the Faculty Summer Institute Conference, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
  • Smith, J., Wilson, S.B., Banks, J., Zhu, L., & Varma-Nelson, P. (2015, March). Replicating Peer-Led Team Learning in Cyberspace: Research, opportunities, and Challenges. Lecture delivered at the 249th ACS National Meeting, Denver, Colorado.

Fall 2014 

  • Varma-Nelson, P. (2014, December). PLTL: A Student-Faculty Partnership for Creating 21st Century Learning Environment. Lecture delivered at the Symbiosis International University, Pune, India.
  • Varma-Nelson, P. (2014, December) Introduction to Peer-Led Team Learning. Workshop conducted at the Indian Institute of Science, Education, and Research (IISER), Pune, India
  • Varma-Nelson, P. (2014, December). PLTL: A Student-Faculty Partnership for Creating 21st Century Learning Environment. Plenary talk delivered at the Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education, International Chemistry Education Conference (ICEC), Mumbai, India.
  • Varma-Nelson, P. (2014, December). Peer-Led Team Learning: Writing Problems and Training Leaders. Workshop conducted at the Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education, International Chemistry Education Conference (ICEC), Mumbai, India.
  • Wilson, S.B. & Varma-Nelson, P. (October 2014) Social Constructivism in Cyberspace, Transforming 21st Century Education, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Spring/Summer 2014

  • Varma-Nelson, P. (2014, August). Research on cPLTL informing training and problem construction. Lecture delivered at the 248th American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, California 
  • Wilson, S.B. (2014, August). A Comparison of Organic Chemistry Peer-Led Team Learning in Online & Face-to-face Environments: A Pilot Study. Lecture delivered at the 2014 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan.
  • Newbrough, J.R. (2014, July). Cyber Peer-Led Team Learning:  Student Collaboration Outside of the Classroom. Poster presented at the Campus Technology 2014 Conference, Boston, MA.
  • Varma-Nelson, P. (2014, July). Cyber Peer-Led Team Learning (cPLTL) in Organic and General Chemistry Courses. Lecture delivered at the 23rd International Conference on Chemistry Education, Toronto, Canada.
  • Janke, T. & Varma-Nelson, P. (2014, June). Cyber Peer-Led Team Learning (cPLTL). Lecture delivered at the EdMedia 2014 World Conference on Educational Media & Technology, Tampere, Finland.
  • Varma-Nelson, P. (2014, April). Overview of PLTL. Keynote lecture delivered at the Undergraduate awards ceremony, “Peer-Led Team Learning”, University of Illinois Chemistry Department, Chicago, IL.
  • Varma-Nelson, P. (2014, March), Cyber Peer-Led Team Learning (cPLTL) in Organic and General Chemistry Courses. Distinguished Scientist Lecture, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York.
  • Varma-Nelson, P. (2014, March). Research on cyber peer-led team learning (cPLTL) workshops: Opportunities and challenges. In J. Gelder and K. Burke’s (Chairs), George C. Pimentel award in chemical education: Symposium in honor of Thomas J. Greenbowe. Symposium conducted at the 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Dallas, Texas.

Fall 2013

Spring - Summer 2013

  • Varma-Nelson, P. (2013, June). Evaluation of cyber peer-led team learning (cPLTL). Poster session conducted at the Gordon Research Conference – Chemistry Education Research and Practice: Strengthening the Pillars of Scholarly Work in Chemistry Education, Salve Regina, RI.
  • Varma-Nelson, P. (2013, January). Cyber peer-led team learning (cPLTL). Paper presented at the Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science Principal Investigators’ Conference, Washington, DC.

Fall 2012

Spring - Summer 2012

Fall 2011

Varma-Nelson, P. (2011, December). Peer-led team learning: A Faculty student partnership for educational reform in the sciences. Seminar conducted at the University of Queensland, Queensland, AUS.
International case studies keynote address at the Learning Space Design Summit, Melbourne, AUS.