A blended teaching of Green Chemistry course at HNUE

In the framework of the MOMA Project, the newly built-up course “Green Chemistry” for Bachelor programme was successfully held from the September 1st to December 31st 2020. This course aimed to a different perspective regarding chemistry and its applications in academia and industry worldwide. This course covered both the theoretical and practical aspects of green and sustainable chemistry.

Due to the raged Covid-19 pandemic, European professors could not come to Vietnam to deliver courses in the framework of MOMA project. Therefore, Green Chemistry course has been taught in form of blended teaching – a combination of online teaching by an European professor and face-to-face teaching by HNUE lecturers. This course was for the 2nd year students and occured during the 1st semester of the school year 2020-2021. There were 5 online lectures given professor Dirk Hollmann from University of Rostock and 9 on-site lectures given by Dr Nguyen Thi Bich Viet and Dr Ho Phuong Hien from HNUE. Course participants included 19 students of K-programme from HNUE and lecturers from other vietnamese partner universities of the MOMA project who only participated in online classes.

The course has been taught using a variety of teaching/learning methods such as project-based teaching, presentation-based learning, seminar and discussion-based teaching, etc. Lectures based on Powerpoint slides and frequently interspersed with a call for questions. Besides, during lectures, working in groups is often required. By these methods, students learned by intellectually doing rather than listening to the professor feed them knowledge. Finally, they are able to link the lecture topics in Green Chemistry with the real-world issues, to become skilled in doing research, and to develop effective oral and written communication skills through writing reports and presenting results to a broader audience.

Online lectures have been given via zoom application. Equipped their own smartphone/laptop and headphone, students gathered in the same classroom and the lectures were assissted by Dr Viet and Dr Hien to help students.

The following is the information concerning the Green Chemistry classes:

Course Time: 14h00-16h00 every Friday (9.00 to 11.00 am, German time)

No. Date Content Lecturer
1 11/9 Chapter 1. Basic principles of sustainable chemistry Dr. Dirk Hollmann
2 18/9 Dr. Dirk Hollmann
3 25/9 Chapter 2. Measurability of sustainability Dr. Dirk Hollmann
4 2/10 Chapter 3. Green analytical chemistry Dr. Dirk Hollmann
5 9/10 Chapter 4. Green solvents Dr. Ho Phuong Hien
6 16/10 Seminar on 7 topics related to Green Chemistry (delivered to students from the first lecture) Dr. Ho Phuong Hien
7 23/10 Dr. Nguyen Thi Bich Viet
8 30/10 Chapter 5. Sustainable techniques Dr. Nguyen Thi Bich Viet
9 6/11 Dr. Nguyen Thi Bich Viet
10 13/11 Chapter 6. Safety Dr. Dirk Hollmann
11 27/11 Chapter 7. Plastics Dr. Nguyen Thi Bich Viet
12 4/12 Chapter 8. Recycling Dr. Ho Phuong Hien
13 11/12 Project presentation Dr. Ho Phuong Hien
14 18/12 Dr. Nguyen Thi Bich Viet
15  31/12 Final exam  

Here are some pictures taken during online classes:

Dr Hollmann is giving online lecture via zoom application (students gathered in the same classroom)

And pictures taken during face-to-face classes:

Dr Hien is giving a face-to-face lecture on green solvents.
Students are ready to present their research project.
Students are presenting their products made from re-used plastic wastes.
Students are happy with their  products made from re-used plastic wastes.