A two-semester introductory chemistry courseware package–for use in blended as well as fully online learning–that advances equity by being responsive and relevant to students from diverse backgrounds, resulting in improved student outcomes and success.
Responsiveness is achieved through a combination of platform affordances and integrated educator professional development resources that promote evidence-based best practices. Example practices include interactivity with formative hints and practice towards mastery, analytics to identify and guide learners at risk of failure, integrated simulations that promote learning-by-doing pedagogy, adaptive and personalized pathways, and student peer coaching.
Relevance is achieved through a unique synthesis of differentiating curricular design elements. Key design elements include problem- and project-based learning, student-centered learning outcomes, engaging video, integrated learning to promote learner agency and self regulation, and assessments centered on real-world applications.
The courseware curriculum will be designed as a student learning cycle that includes: