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The Contemporary Chemistry Multimedia Module is a comprehensive, well-organized set of unique, highly interactive animations with just-in-time essay and multiple-choice questions that allow the student to extract maximum knowledge from these animations. All questions are provided with comprehensive answers, even for wrong multiple...
The Contemporary Chemistry Multimedia Module is a comprehensive, well-organized set of unique, highly interactive animations with just-in-time essay and multiple-choice questions that allow the student to extract maximum knowledge from these animations. All questions are provided with comprehensive answers, even for wrong multiple choice answers. In addition, there are links on each Web page to: in-depth text material that provides a theoretical basis for each animation, chapter summaries and chemical principles introduced, a glossary, and links to relevant web sites covering the environmental subjects of the Multimedia Module (global warming, ozone layer depletion, air and water pollution, solid waste, energy sources, alternative energy, energy conservation, and consequences of the Big Bang). This module is an excellent resource for college and high school chemistry students as well as independent adult learners. The question format is well suited for small group discussion. Site navigation is convenient for quick review and return visits, which will be needed because of the wealth of information and learning potential in this project.
Contemporary Chemistry is an excellent and extremely extensive resource for teaching chemistry at a variety of levels. I recommend it most highly.
These on-line materials compose a set of comprehensive modules revolving around chemistry topics important to society. The package in its entirety is most appropriate for liberal arts college chemistry courses (for nonscience majors) as well as courses taught in high school. They are also very useful as supplements to higher level courses such as general chemistry, descriptive inorganic, and environmental chemistries. The materials are very comprehensive. Topics include those of general interest, such as the formation of the chemical elements in stars, as well as all important environmental issues and the role of chemistry in energy production.
The organization of the materials involves a central (and extensive) set of interactive material, sectioned into chapters, sections and subsections. Each subsection includes a set of web links for each topic, a review of the underlying principles for that topic, a concept summary, and a glossary that can be chapter-specific or complete. Navigation through the material is clear, affording an intended (and necessary) route through the material as well as the ability to move about at will. This allows students to make the best use of the order of topics while being introduced to the material, yet allowing them to quickly find specific topics when reviewing.
The authors have done a wonderful job incorporating true interactivity and self-assessment. Throughout each section, animations are used to illustrate points. These are generally interactive, requiring students to manipulate variables and observing the results. Moreover, these interactive simulations are associated with a set of guiding questions that lead the student through their exploration of the concepts being illustrated. Both the interactive and question portions are of high quality. The design of the animations is well thought through in that they clearly illustrate concepts while avoiding distracting glitz.
As an example, the start of the chapter on the ozone layer begins with an animation illustrating how radiation of different wavelengths is differently affected when passing through the ozone layer.
At most points along the way, students have available a quiz that allow students to test their knowledge on each topic. The quizzes work by having the student answer each question and then review the correct answers. These quizzes are well done and give the student a fair view of their understanding.
SUNY College at Oneonta
6 years ago
Harry A Mazurek
Outstanding comprehensive instructional resource for middle and high school students. Excellent interactives on Environmental topics.