Exploring Everyday Chemistry: The Effectiveness of an Organic Chemistry Massive Open Online Course as an Education and Outreach Tool

Andrew F. Parsons*

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A massive open online course (MOOC), Exploring Everyday Chemistry (eeDc), was delivered four times between 2017 and 2019, attracting a worldwide audience of over 15000 learners from a wide range of backgrounds. This 4-week course was designed to show a variety of everyday applications of organic chemistry, targeted at high school students seeking to study a chemistry-related degree at university. A mix of video, text, polls, quizzes, and practical activities was incorporated with material designed to build on high school studies, highlighting aspects of university-level teaching and research, as well as showcasing some career opportunities for chemistry graduates. We monitored student attitudes toward this course, finding a consistent enthusiasm for the approach and selection of material. The impact of the course was evident from the significant number of students who mentioned it positively in their university applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1266-1271
Number of pages6
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 24 Apr 2020

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  • Applications of Chemistry
  • Computer-based Learning
  • Distance Learning/Self Instruction
  • First-Year Undergraduate/General
  • Internet/Web-based Learning
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Student/Career Counseling

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