Educators seeking to create on-line course material for chemistry are faced with a difficult challenge. They must either exclude the hands-on lab component, have the student come to the institution to perform labs or provide the student with a wet lab kits to perform at home. These options raise serious liability, cost, logistical and quality problems.
Another option is to have the student run a computer simulation such as Model ChemLab. Model ChemLab is the most complete implementation of a virtual chemistry lab ever developed. ChemLab is the ideal tool for the instructor trying to develop a quality distance education chemistry course.
With Model ChemLab installed on his or her computer, a student can perform a lab simulation, record the observations and save the results to a file. These LAB files contain observations as well as capture the current state of the simulation. After files are sent to the course instructor via e-mail, evaluation is based upon the experimental results as well as equipment layout.
Used this way, Model ChemLab does not replace chemistry textbooks. It is simply used in place of the labs that are part of the wider course curriculum. Instructors can choose simulations from among those provided with the software or they can create their own using the Lab Wizard that comes with the Professional Edition. Hence, Model ChemLab can be easily integrated into any general chemistry course.
Instructors can arrange to have their students obtain ChemLab on-line from the Model Science web store, or the school can purchase a multi-user license from Model Science for ChemLab or arrange to have their bookstore sell ChemLab to their students.
Model Science Software can also provide technical and marketing assistance to instructors interested in developing distance education courses that use Model ChemLab.
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Students enrolled in the University of Massachusetts Lowell's CyberEd program can "strike a balance between education and life." Online degree programs offered over the World Wide Web enable mature students with work and family responsibilities to further their education in the midst of a busy life. Those who take applied chemistry for non-majors perform Model ChemLab simulations from home or at the office without wasting time travelling to campus.
At the University of Wisconsin-Stout students taking Chem-115-800C, General Chemistry, can earn 5 credit hours (4 credits of lecture and 1 credit lab - using ChemLab as a virtual lab).
At Troy State University Montgomery students taking CHM L142, General Chemistry Lab Online, are able to complete the lab portion for General Chemistry (CHM 1142) and earn an extra credit hour using ChemLab as a virtual lab.
At New Mexico Junior College students taking CH114 can meet their chemistry requirements while working full-time. Instead of arranging their schedule around available on campus lab time, they can perform Model ChemLab simulations at home on their own time. With the Internet students do not even have to live in the vicinity of a college campus in order to submit assignments.
TV Ontario and the Independent Learning Centre (ILC) provides a distance education program for Ontario residents studying at home who want to earn secondary school diploma credits, upgrade basic skills, or advance their personal development. ChemLab is used to simulate experiments in Grade 11 Chemistry for university preparation. Grade 11 Chemistry enables people over the age of 15 to attain one credit towards an Ontario high school diploma when they are not able to take this course in a classroom. Information about registering for this paper-based course is available by visiting the ILC web site at: www.ilc-cei.com.
At Florida Virtual School, an internet-based public school offering a rigorous online curriculum for middle and high school students throughtout Florida, ChemLab is used to provide the lab component in their high school chemistry courses.
At North Star Academy, a Christian on-line school custom-tailored for home schoolers and families living overseas, students can complete AP Chemistry using ChemLab software.
The Idaho Digital Learning Academy (IDLA) is a statewide, web-based educational program set up under the direction of the Idaho State Board of Education and Idaho State Legislature to provide Idaho students with greater access to a diverse assortment of courses. This virtual high school was created to address the educational needs of all Idaho students: traditional, home schooled, at-risk, gifted, and adult learners. Students use Model ChemLab as a virtual chemistry lab in their high school chemistry programs.
At St. Paul's Academy, a virtual high school serving Alberta, students in a rural setting who do not have access to a chemistry lab can still learn about the principles and techniques of experimental chemistry by performing Model ChemLab simulations. Parents who are homeschooling their children get feedback from teachers who receive completed lab assignments via e-mail.
The US Army uses Model ChemLab in Germany for a college level general chemistry course. Students are shipped a ChemLab CD and the course is taught through a college based in Chicago.
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