PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY - A CASE STUDY IN TECHNOLOGY-ENHANCED LEARNING
Key components of the course design included
Guided Practice: This LTI tool aligns resources to activities, allowing the student to select their own path through the content using resources that work best for him or her. Behind the scenes, instructional staff can view reports on usage – helping them to further refine the resources being offered.
Countdown Game: This LTI tool uses games-based learning to introduce concepts at the beginning of each unit. The student completes vocabulary exercises to earn points and move up a class leaderboard. Instructors can access reports that highlight terms that are regularly missed within the game, and customize their synchronous learning sessions appropriately.
G-Chem Site: This freely-available website serves as the online backbone of the course. It hosts most of the course content, including reading, images, videos, animations, and simulations. Students are directed to content within the site via assessments, Guided Practice, and other course components.
Open Textbook: The course team created an open textbook using the OpenStax platform. The textbook could be viewed for free online using mobile or desktop devices, and could be downloaded in epub format for viewing on reading devices.