Using the Site
Each unit of the course is composed of text with integrated videos, visuals, and sidebars. The scope and sequence closely follows the topics presented in many introductory chemistry courses, but with a strong emphasis on historical connections as well as real-life applications. For introductory students, it is advisable to start at the beginning, as key concepts are introduced in a logical order that generally follows a historical progression of the development of chemical ideas. However, learners who are interested in a particular topic can jump in at any point of interest. Users are encouraged to "chat" with other participants by utilizing the Teacher Talk section of the site. For the fullest experience with all the components, use the Course Guide to set learning goals and to explore your understanding of the course concepts. Graduate credit is available.
The main content is delivered through an online textbook, which includes embedded links to videos, sidebars, visuals, graphics, and glossary terms. Users can navigate the course in a traditional manner, approaching the text one unit at a time and working their way through the content systematically or they can search the site for topics of interest.
The units on the website provide core content reading. The body of the text covers key chemistry content, richly supported by illustrations, diagrams, and tables. Sidebars provide additional content and real-world applications. A downloadable PDF of the text is available.
The thirteen videos extend and deepen the key ideas that are explored in each Unit and are designed to be watched first, before reading the text.
Photographs and other graphics from the text and videos can be searched by Unit or visual type.
The glossary includes important terms and concepts from the text. It is searchable alphabetically or by Unit.
Three interactive labs provide supplemental learning through additional learning experiences. A timeline of chemical history enhances the course's historical approach to the content. Two additional interactives are simulations that challenge learners to apply chemistry to real-life problems.
Periodic Table of the Elements
An interactive periodic table bridges discussion of the elements with different points in the unit text and is accessible from every page for easy reference.
The Course Guide is a companion to the online text for science educators, and is intended to be used by classroom teachers, by individual adult learners, or by a facilitator running an on-site professional development course for teachers.
Participants are encouraged to "talk to one another" through the Teacher Talk portal, where they can share ideas, discuss course concepts, and talk about best practices.