P459: Chemistry of beer: An 8,000 student open course
Motivation is one of the key elements to student success. How better to motivate students to learn the amylase enzymatic process or the Amadori Rearrangement mechanism than to teach them about beer at the same time. The one-hour Chemistry of Beer course was designed as an online upper-division course to students at the University of Oklahoma for-credit and as a free open course to students worldwide. The course was delivered on the social learning platform, Janux, that was developed in partnership with NextThought. All of the textual content was from open sources and the videos included chemists and local brewmasters. This presentation will discuss the design of the course, the student engagement within the social aspects in the content, and preliminary analytics from the open course.