eScience Labs enhances its Introductory Chemistry course curriculum with intuitive digital interface and advanced analytics to improve student and instructor experience
DENVER – Dec. 2, 2015. eScience Labs continues to improve the ease, functionality and educational rigor of its Introductory Chemistry course with new navigational assets, enhanced instructor resources, and improved digital and hands-on laboratory curriculum. Introductory Chemistry is one of 18 courses designed by eScience Labs to engage online and blended learners in scientific inquiry.
The course which meets the American Chemical Society and National Science Education academic standards is designed with green chemistry procedures that teach students to safely dispose of chemicals. It is also compatible with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
“It is our goal to use technology and analytics to encourage online students to engage in critical thinking and analysis as they work through the course stages and experiments.” says Valerie Houghton, PhD, and eScience team lead for chemistry and physical science. “We want to ensure that students who are learning online or in blended classroom environments are offered the same scientific exploration as their on-campus counterparts.”
The course’s digital curriculum—including 24 labs and 37 experiments—was reviewed by independent university instructors, quality-tested by students for ease of use and content comprehension, and designed to meet the academic standards found in a traditional laboratory non-major chemistry courses.
The new navigational functionality allows students to locate topics and labs in the student manual with ease using technology built on intuitive search analytics; it also offers instructors more than 120 assessment modules (tests, quizzes, essay questions) and analytics that measure the student learning process.
“Ease of use and intuitive navigation help create a learning environment where the content of the curriculum can shine through,” says eScience Labs Instructional Design Director Annie Woodle, MS. “Our focus is to make learning proximal, organized and responsive to the online learner by using proven pedagogical methods and accessibility standards.”
The Introductory Chemistry labs and digital curriculum is compatible with any Learning Management System (LMS) or can be accessed via the eScience Labs specially designed student portal. The course also can be customized to meet the unique academic requirements of any higher education institution.
About eScience Labs: eScience Labs is a privately held company located in Denver, Colo., founded in 2007 with the mission to provide online and blended learners with the opportunity to engage in hands-on science exploration outside the traditional on-campus laboratory experience. Today, eScience Labs partners with more than 300 higher education institutions to offer 18 science course subjects and 400 labs.
For more information contact:
Lisa Best, marketing director, eScience Labs
303-741-0674, ext. 225