OWLBook, an integrated, assignable electronic text

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William J. Vining, viningwj@oneonta.edu1, Susan M Young, youngs@hartwick.edu2, Roberta O. Day3, and Beatrice Botch, bbotch@chem.umass.edu3. (1) Department of Chemistry, State University of New York at Oneonta, College at Oneonta, Oneonta, NY 13820, (2) Department of Chemistry, Hartwick College, 1 Hartwick Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820, (3) Department of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003
This presentation will review the creation and preliminary testing of an assignable, fully integrated online textbook and homework system for general chemistry. This project is an extension of the OWL electronic learning system and involves the blending of text, problem-based homework, and interactive modules. While the organization of the material is traditional in order and scope, the presentation intermixes noninteractive material such as static explanations, video examples, and whiteboard problem solutions with interactive and assignable figure-based exercises, concept simulations, tutorials and problem-based homework. The principal goal of the project is to create a system in which the students experience “text” and assignable homework as an integrated whole. Results from preliminary tests with two classes will be presented, highlighting how students navigate the system, which parts they do and do not use, and how assignability influences their decisions as to how to use the system.