P346: Using MOOCs to enhance student learning in chemistry

Author: Kim Woodrum, University of Kentucky, USA

Co-Author: Allison Soult, University of Kentucky, USA

Date: 8/4/14

Time: 2:25 PM2:45 PM

Room: MAK A1161

Related Symposium: S32

A massive open online course (MOOC) in advanced chemistry has been developed by University of Kentucky faculty. The course is free and open to anyone wishing to enroll. One of its primary purposes is to support teachers and students at the high school level, particularly those in advanced and AP chemistry courses. Recognizing that high school chemistry teachers face many challenges in preparing students for college-level chemistry, the topics were chosen for the MOOC based on the developers’ experiences with incoming chemistry students. Students will have access to content on which they struggle the most and experience the level of rigor expected in a college-level chemistry course. The course has no college credit associated with it. Strategies for both students and teachers to use these materials will be discussed along with a preview of future material to be made available for use in Fall 2014.