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Georgia Journal of Science

Article Title

DIGITAL TEXTBOOK FOR SURVEY OF CHEMISTRY I COURSE(IN PROGRESS)

Abstract

The student population at access institutions is drastically changing. In their busy multitasking life, students need knowledge in a different format, in terms of imagination, visualization, practice and mastery and preferably on mobile electronic devices. In recent years, a big obstacle for student success in higher education is high tuition cost as well as skyrocketing textbook price with all other ancillary materials. Today institutions are gradually shifting from publisher-produced printed or electronic format materials to creating and adopting Open Educational Resources (OERs). The objective of this project is to prepare an open source free resource for the non-science major students who are taking college level Survey of Chemistry I Course. The goal is to prepare a supplementary course material with all needed benefits of the regular textbook to assist students in reading and understanding the material to build up their foundational knowledge. The content will include several simulation based learning activities tied to interactive questions and quizzes. High level of visual content of the concept with real life examples is emphasized in concept building. This project has been funded by Affordable Learning Georgia, Textbook Transformation Grant, round 12. The project is expected to be completed by Spring 2019 and implemented in classroom in Fall 2019. All the visual images and simulations used are taken from free available OERs. Each topic is structured with simulation activities or open source videos (Youtube) with a self-Assessment Test. PHET simulation, Molecular Workbench, Chemistry Solutions, Merlot, Chem Collective etc. are some of simulation sites used in this ebook. Upon completion of the materials, it is expected to be available free on mobile devices as an app and for public use under Creative Common License. The final outcome of this project is to develop a full OER textbook and make it available free to the students.

Acknowledgements

Dept. of Physical Sciences, Perimeter College GSU

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