What is the ChemWiki?
The ChemWiki is a unique approach toward chemistry education where a textbook
environment is constantly being written and re-written partly by students and
partly by faculty members resulting in a free General Chemistry textbook to
supplant conventional costly paper-based books.
What is the underling ChemWiki philosopy?
As the American population increases its current and future educational priorities,
universities and colleges are pressured to educate an increasing number of undergraduate
students. This will result in a swelling of class rosters and force departments to instruct
more students with less personalized approaches. Consequently, an increasing number of
students falling on the periphery of the performance bell curve will receive a less than
optimal education, with less-scientifically oriented students struggling with class material
and more-scientifically oriented students remaining unmotivated. Failure to successfully educate
this broad range of students leads to significant implications for the future of science and
technology. The education of students at both extremes requires a flexible, integrated approach
that must simultaneously target students at all levels of performance. Outlined here is an
approach that addresses the concurrent education of students at different levels of
scientific performance within the same class without adopting multiple sets of written
resources. Central to this approach is the development of an online textbook environment
based on the Internet to augment and ultimately supplant traditional introductory chemistry
textbooks. The development of this online text is the initial step for the formation of a
fully integrated Internet system that once complete will, via an automated computer database,
portion out personalized learning experiences and formative assessments for each student
every week based on their performance and progress. Feedback between student performance
and instructor will come from several sources: 1) in class electronic personal response
systems, 2) itemized quiz/exam scores, 3) homework (either via online or offline) results
and 4) direct monitoring of the number of completed homework problems and online text
“chapters” read. The Internet is an ideal medium for constructing a textbook to empower
instructors and departments with the flexibility to dictate the content, structure and
difficulty of course material without sacrificing the core stability required for solid
instruction. A well formulated online textbook allows for the simultaneous education of
students at differing performance levels by offering multiple levels of difficulty and
sophistication to tailor content and approach. It also provides a flexible learning
environment capable of addressing multiple modes of student learning and ability to
How to get access this new resource?
Go check for youself at ChemWiki.ucdavis.edu.