Chemistry Success Stories

Research in STEM: Interactive Reading Assignments

Guest contributor: Vickie Williamson, Instructional Associate Professor at Texas A&M As a chemistry instructor, I’m no stranger to digital learning products. I received an informative demonstration of OWL back in 2001 and was so impressed that I adopted and began using it in my classroom the very next semester.

MindTap General Chemistry

Then, when I saw the MindTap demo, I liked the idea of having my students’ homework questions embedded right into the text on the same screen. However, I wasn’t sure if it could possibly produce better results than OWL. That’s because, from 2001 to 2012 85-95 Read More…


Health Science Student Strives for Success in School and Work

As a full-time health science student with a part-time job, Samantha Mueller faces the same challenges as most college sophomores, but time management is chief among them. Mueller, whose goal is to secure a career as a physical therapist, considers herself a very tech-savvy and visual learner. She finds online study suits her and allows her to prepare for class and quizzes in a complete and interactive way. Mueller lives off campus and her days are ‘pretty packed’—between exercise, attending classes on two separate FAU campuses, and working at a restaurant, finding time to succeed at everything can be Read More…


Instructors Search for Way to Create More Engaging Homework Assignments—and Find it with OWLv2

Larry Margerum, a general chemistry teacher at the University of San Francisco, is outnumbered in regard to the number of students he’s tasked with educating and motivating. It’s his job to lecture approximately five hundred students a year and to supplement those lessons with homework assignments that students find engaging and academically valuable. However, effectively reaching each of those students in a relatively large classroom setting can be difficult.

The problem, though, is one with which instructors have struggled for years; coaxing students into actually completing assignments that’ll prepare them for exams. Getting today’s student to engage deeply with pencil and paper homework is proving to be even more difficult. Plus, instructors say, traditional homework assignments are copied and turned in for points that artificially inflate academic performance. Instructors, according to Professor Margerum, understand the “drill and kill” homework system in place is not meeting the needs of today’s college students.
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OWL Motivates Chemistry Students to “Own” Their Learning

Teresa Bear has been teaching chemistry since 2007 at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California. While conducting research for her dissertation in 2011 (on the use of interactive technology to improve student success), Teresa found that students who used technology performed better than those who didn’t use it. Not surprisingly, she forged the path for teaching with technology at the college. Today, that means using OWLv2 (Online Web Learning), the only online learning and assessment system developed by chemistry instructors specifically for teaching chemistry.
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OWL Offers Colin Henck’s General Chemistry Students a Virtual Experience

Lab preparedness is essential to student safety and success in chemistry courses. At the same time, students need tools that help them maximize the use of their time. Discover how Colin Henck of University at Albany, State University of New York uses the LabSkills PreLabs within OWL to familiarize his students with important lab procedures, as well as the key concepts and mathematics related to their assigned experiments. You’ll also learn how LabSkills enables him to provide immediate and personalized feedback—whenever students need it most. You’ll also learn how LabSkills PreLabs helps his institution maintain grading consistency across the numerous sections of General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry taught each term. Read More…


Dr. Dan Moriarty’s Chemistry Students Master Skills at a Comfortable Pace with OWL

Students in General Chemistry often face math anxiety—and they often enter courses with varying levels of math preparedness. If you’re seeking an online learning solution that will help you address these issues, read the following Success Story featuring Dr. Dan Moriarty of Siena College (Loudonville, NY). There, you’ll see how he used OWL to provide a self-paced environment that offers plenty of opportunity for knowledge and skill building, as well as instant feedback and guidance that helps students concentrate on the areas that need additional attention and practice—thereby building their confidence in navigating the confidence they need to persist in the class. Read More…


OWL Triggers a Positive Reaction in Stephen Z. Goldberg’s Chemistry Students

Are you looking for an online learning solution that supports student mastery of the concepts and skills critical to your Chemistry course– while also discouraging procrastination and last-minute work? In the following Success Story, Stephen Z. Goldberg of Adelphi University (Long Island, NY) describes how OWL helps the students in his General Chemistry course stay motivated to keep up with their assignments, while still offering them tools that give them the flexibility to work at their own pace. He also shares how he uses OWL to monitor student performance and identify those areas where particular students may be at risk. Read More…


OWL Provides Improved Outcomes and Instant Feedback to Dr. Donald Neu’s Chemistry Students

Seeking a superior online learning solution that helps your students easily learn and understand the material in your Chemistry course— and obtain useful feedback when they need it most? In the following Success Story, you’ll see how Dr. Donald Neu of St. Cloud State University (St. Cloud, MN) used OWL to provide instant feedback, parameterized homework solutions, and dynamic resources that empower student learning (at all hours of the day)–resulting in improved student outcomes. Read More…


OWL Helps Dr. Victoria Volkis’s Organic Chemistry Students Improve Performance

As you begin each term of your Organic Chemistry course, you likely see a class full of students who possess varying levels of mastery in the skills and concepts that are foundational to your course. Are you looking for an online learning solution that supports these needs and helps students achieve your (and their) academic standards and goals? In the following Success Story, you’ll see how Dr. Victoria Volkis of University of Maryland Eastern Shore (Princess Anne, MD) used OWL to provide her students with a high-quality learning experience that increases their motivation and helps them improve their performance. You’ll also learn more about OWL’s ability to provide instant feedback as well as tutorials and resources that support students’ mastery of concepts and their drive for success. Read More…