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ChemWiki for Student-Created Textbook

October 16, 2009

ChemWiki is an ambitious project to develop an open textbook for introductory chemistry courses using a collaborative-author Wiki approach.   Dr. Delmar Larsen, Assistant Professor at UC – Davis, acknowleges that “success of the ChemWiki hinges on the open access of a flexibly-built, rigorously-vetted online textbook.”  Nearly 300 faculty and students from universities and community colleges are collaborating in the writing, editing, and vetting of ChemWiki.  Upon development of the textbook, the ultimate goal is the “formation of a fully integrated Internet system that once complete will, via an automated computer database, portion out personalized learning experiences and formative assessments for each student every week based on their performance and progress.”

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