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Georgia Journal of Science

Article Title

DIGITAL TEXTBOOK OF PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I

Abstract

The objective of this project is to prepare an open-source free resource for the science major students who are taking college level Principles of Chemistry I. It is the first course in a two-semester sequence covering the fundamental principles and applications of general chemistry for science majors. This eBook is created from OER (Open Educational Resources) and original materials. It is free, digital, and focused on students’ success at PC. PowerPoint Presentations for each chapter with accessible voice over narratives and multiple-choice interactive practice quizzes are created using PlayPosit program. Concepts are explained using various simulations. This eBook pays special attention to areas where students need extra help, such as challenging word problems and extra math remedy worksheets. This project is funded by ALG (Affordable Learning Georgia) and will end by Spring 2022. Currently, standalone web version: https://gsuprincipleschemistry.org/ and LMS version of the eBook are available on the D2L (iCollege) system. Students using this eBook will be tested on a nationally standardized final exam and complete three-survey questionnaire sets to provide feedback on their background, perception, and experience of using eBook. Currently this eBook is being implemented in classroom. So far positive responses have been obtained from students. Survey results showed most students were are determined to succeed, and there were no issues with eBook usage or how to studying it. Benefits of this eBook includes three major concerns: cost effectiveness, accessibility and LMS integration. Both LMS and web versions of the eBook contain openly licensed materials and accessible text to help with functionally diverse students and always updated. Due to the digital media technologies available to the educator, an opportunity has been created for librarians, instructional designers, and faculty to work together to build well-crafted and pedagogically sound courses, thereby meeting a critical need in higher education.

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