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The Chemistry of Life StAIR Project


The Chemistry of Life StAIR Project

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A Stand Alone Instructional Resource that focuses on matter, atoms, elements, molecules, compounds, and the four most important biological macromolecules
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Material Type: Presentation
Technical Format: HTML/Text
Date Added to MERLOT: August 13, 2012
Date Modified in MERLOT: September 23, 2012
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Keywords: nucleic acids, compounds, lipids, carbohydrates, molecules, macromolecules, proteins, elements


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Language: English
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Avatar for Harriet Mathews
4 years ago

Harriet Mathews (Faculty)

The teach/quiz/review format looks like an excellent way to either present or review the Chemistry of Life Unit; from atoms to molecules to the four macro molecules, Lipids, Carbohydrates, Nucleic Acids, and Proteins.

Technical Remarks:

Material is supposed to be a power point but I am having trouble using the file on my XP desktop. 

Time spent reviewing site: 15 min

Avatar for Rob Durecka
4 years ago

Rob Durecka (Administrator)

I enjoyed reviewing this StAIR about the chemistry of life.  The table of contents and navigational buttons made it easy to use the resource.  The lesson was scaffolded nicely and provided the user a better understanding of the vocabulary associated with atoms. I had a clearer picture of how the atom serves as the building block of all matter.  One interesting bit of irony was the use of paper and pencil to illustrate that all things are made up of atoms:-)

The video was excellent and the quiz was represetative of what was taught by the StAIR.  One suggestion that I would offer would be some additional supports for those individuals who have difficulty with reading comprehension.  Perhaps, a sound recording or a video that explained some of the concepts without relying on reading the written text.  Overall, excellent job!

Technical Remarks:

Technically, everything worked well including the video.  I was using a PC. 

Time spent reviewing site: 40 Minutes

Avatar for Wouter Laleman
4 years ago

Wouter Laleman (Librarian)

This easy to use Stair is a great introduction to the Chemistry of Life.  Even though there were many words on there which I did not understand, the content was clearly described and I came out better informed.  The addition of a navigation page at the beginning and navigation buttons throughout made the PPT easy to access.

The review quizzes were well done and worked well.  Links are provided along with quizzes in order to encourage students not to take wild guesses but review if needed.

The overall feel and look of the PPT was quite agreeable. The learning objectives should be met well with this Stair.

To make this product even better, I could suggest the use of a short video introducing the topic, prompting students to activate prior knowledge.


Technical Remarks:

At 2.2MB it was fast and easy to download.  However, since I was accessing the PPT on a Mac, some of the action buttons do not work.  I was not able to watch the included video.

Time spent reviewing site: 50 minutes