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The Chemical Educator

ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)

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Abstract Volume 20 (2015) pp 294-300

Development of an On-line Introductory Chemistry Course with a Hands-on Lab Component for Non-science Majors

Karno Ng*

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, California State University San Marcos, CA 92096,
Received August 5, 2015. Accepted September 6, 2015.

Published: 21 October 2015

Abstract. This article describes the methodology used to develop and implement an on-line introductory chemistry course with a hands-on lab component for non-science majors. Specific features of the course management system (CMS), such as GradeMark from the “Turnitin” plug in and the active link feature at the submission text box were used to facilitate adoption of the on-line course in a large enrollment course format. In addition to issues related to safety, one of the biggest challenges of offering a hands-on lab component for a fully on-line course is validation of an individual’s performance of laboratory exercises. This challenge is overcome by requiring students to submit recorded videos for specific steps in the experiments. A detailed summary of this process is discussed, along with results from course surveys conducted at the end of the course.

Key Words: In the Classroom; general chemistry; non majors chemistry

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The end-of-semester student survey is available as supporting materials. (66 KB)

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