Assessing the Impact and Efficacy of the Open-Access ChemWiki Textbook Project


Rapidly rising costs, including the cost of textbooks, impede access to higher education for many students, particularly among underserved and at-risk populations. The STEMWiki Hyperlibrary was initiated by the University of California, Davis, to reduce this growing educational cost in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The ChemWiki is the primary and most developed component of the Hyperlibrary project, which includes five other STEMWikis. When sufficiently developed, the Hyperlibrary will be leveraged as a platform for the dissemination of content and evaluation of emerging education technologies and pedagogies. Because the ChemWiki modules are hyperlinked both internally and externally to the modules within the other STEMWikis, students are exposed to a wide range of content at varying levels of difficulty, which allows for the simultaneous instruction of students with diverse backgrounds and performance.

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