Title: DIDAC worldwide
Task Group Chairmen: Peter
Atkins and Nelson
Remarks: Cooperation IUPAC (CCE & COCI), AGFA and UNESCO
Completion Date: 2004 - project completed
To produce a CD-Rom from existing DIDAC materials such that a book could
be produced to accelerate the rapid acceptance of this tool for the
teaching of chemistry in especially developing countries.
||The original DIDAC materials is a series
of slides / transparencies and texts promoting/teaching chemistry
before choices are made of fields for further study. The system
was developed in Belgium in co-operation with Agfa-Gevaert.
The DIDAC system for the teaching of chemistry has been described in
Chem. Int., July 2000, Vol. 22, p. 103 > 'DIDACtic
Tools for teaching Chemistry'. It is based on transparencies for
overhead projection, with many illustrations and few words.
In 1998/99, COCI purchased copies for evaluation of its potential by
Members in their own countries (see project 022/17/98 - 'Assessment
of DIDAC as an aid for the teaching of chemistry around the world').
COCI 's primary, industrial, interest was the positive exposure of more
students to at least the primary elements of chemistry. After discussions
with UNESCO, COCI contributed with UNESCO "seed" money for the international
promotion of DIDAC as an outstanding tool for the teaching of chemistry.
Translations have been made into French, Arabic, Korean, Russian, etc.,
and over 30 developing countries are now involved including China. UNESCO
predicts eventual use in more than 80 countries.
Since then, the development of colored poster versions has been initiated
for use in those regions where electricity for even overhead projection
is unavailable or unreliable.
IUPAC has contributed USD10000 to initiate the project, thereby releasing
UNESCO funds and ensuring that the product carries the IUPAC logo.
A review of DIDAC was presented at the IUPAC Congress in Ottawa (Aug
2003) [Session CE06]; a symposium organized on Aug 15 featured the following
keynote speakers: E. Michiels, L. Brandt, A. N. Pokrovsky, and J. D.
Bradley. > see program
In August 2004, the CD version of DIDAC was transferred online; visit
Last update: 30 August 2004
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