This site provides a place for college chemistry teachers to collaborate. Tools to collaborate include the following:
- a forum (on the menu on the right),
- a social networking component called "Community Builder", CB (log in to the site on the right),
- pages for holding documents being worked on (for example, the "Lab write-ups" on the menu on the right).
How to register: click on 'Sign up" in the login area. You will be asked to provide a link to a web page that documents that you are a teacher.
This site was originally created by Christopher King. Hopefully, some people will contribute to creating open-access learning resources for chemistry on this site. Those contributing will be asked if they would like to form a chemistry community organization to "govern" the site and take ownership of it.
In the past, learning resources were provided by publishers; now, learning resources are starting to be created by teachers. One example is the open-access chemistry textbook created by OpenStax, an organization at Rice University. To improve chemistry education, chemistry teachers need to take responsibility for creating learning resources.
In the past, teachers expected to sell their creations for at least some profit. Now, learning resources are no longer owned by one person. For example, the lab write-ups on this site were originally written by one person, then extensively revised as other teachers either gave feedback or modified the documents themselves. To improve chemistry education, learning resources need to be licensed in a manner that allows collaboration.
The license used for all of the documents on this site is a creative commons "ShareAlike" license that even allows commercial use, so that students can be charged for the resources (although the material must show that it is also available for free). The ShareAlike part of the license means that modifications of the work must be released under the same license. (Note the link and text at the bottom of this page.) This is the same license used by Wikipedia, and resembles the "General Public License", GPL, used for open-source software.
If you have created teaching resources, please consider making them available on this site. Also, consider joining us in editing and improving our resources. Perhaps you have ideas for other projects; let us know!
Although this site is mainly for college teachers, other educators may wish to contribute. In fact, the picture on this page of the student and teacher is of a high school classroom from Wikipedia commons (The Harker School Chemistry Classroom.jpg).