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Study Guide Design

Study Guide Features

Student Response


Future Work



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The Design Objectives

To effectively teach a group of students with a varied background, the avenue of using of Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) as an adjunct to the traditional face-to-face delivery was explored. The investigation on the effectiveness of using the World-Wide Web as an educational tool began two years ago when a personal project to develop a CHEM 0010 Web-based Study Guide was piloted. This work resulted in several subsequent Web-based projects which received funding by the Institute.

The goals of the Web-based Study Guide was to enable students to:

  1. have a 24-hour on-line tutoring service to CHEM 0010,
  2. improve on their studying habit through user-initiated learning,
  3. conduct on-going informal self-assessment of their chemistry skills, and
  4. identify the specific problem areas of the course.

In the end, the users of the Study Guide should benefit from:

  1. the ease to retrieve course material,
  2. the user-initiated interactive learning environment,
  3. the ease of navigation within the site, and
  4. the richness of content which serves to entice their return to the Study Guide.


Author: Rosamaria Fong
British Columbia Institute of Technology
Chemistry Department
Burnaby, BC V5G 3H2