Teaching Labs in the Time of COVID-19

The American Chemical Society's Education Division will be hosting a quarterly discussion series that focuses on issues of interest to department chairs.   All information on this site comes directly from those discussions.  Discussions will be held quarterly in January, April, August, and October.  Sessions are planned for the last Thursday of the month and are held on Zoom.

Lab Skills

A summary of breakout sessions on face-to-face (i.e. hands-on) lab skills and those that may be taught through a virtual platform.


A summary of breakout sessions on the assessment of virtual lab experiences.

Fall Teaching

A distillation of notes from breakout sessions on fall teaching.


Collated from a variety of crowdsourced sites and provided for informational purposes only.

Upcoming Discussions

January 28, 2021
It's All About the Money - COVID-19 and Departmental Budgets

April, 29, 2021
Academic Dishonesty

July 29, 2021
Remediation of Hands On Lab Skills

Future Topics

  • Faculty workload
  • Student evaluations
  • Mentoring faculty members in your department
  • New Chair Workshop
  • Writing departmental outcomes
  • Engaging faculty in writing learning outcomes

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Previous Discussions

October 2020
Revisiting Teaching Lab in the Time of COVID.
Included a discussion focusing on helping students, faculty, and staff cope with the stresses of online, hybrid, and in-person teaching.

July 2020
Teaching Lab in the Time of COVID

Disclaimer: This event was designed to explore key questions regarding laboratory experiences and curricula. The opinions or views expressed in these discussions do not necessarily reflect the current statements and guidelines of the American Chemical Society, the views or opinions of ACS’s management or its members, or plans for renewed or revised policies. Chemistry departments seeking ACS Approval must continue to follow the ACS Guidelines for Bachelor’s Degree Programs as stipulated by the Committee on Professional Training, including those for laboratory instruction once their campuses resume face-to-face instruction without social distancing.