An example resource

We’re still working on completing all the resources for the project. The way we have worked is to revise the teaching and learning materials as they are being taught and so it won’t be until classes are over that all the resources will be ready. About fifteen lectures are now more or less ready. We’ve run into some cross-platform problems as the original slides were created with Powerpoint for Windows, using actions which don’t convert to Powerpoint for OS X or to Open Office. For now, these have been removed, making the slides less interactive, but more widely compatible.

Anyway, here’s an example. Tom, a graduate student who’s been working with us on the project, has created all the illustrations. Although there will be around 20 lectures, each presentation is rich in models and other illustrations, totalling around 400 individual, re-usable resources for scientists. In addition to this are the videos and we’ll be adding autio to the slides over the summer.

Kicking off with Hess’s Law


Welcome to the Chemistry.FM project blog. After you’ve read a brief description of our project, please sit back and enjoy the video below. It’s one of many video learning resources that were made earlier this year by students at the University of Lincoln to support a 30 credit Introductory Chemistry for Forensic Science course. Over the next twelve months, we’ll be building on those videos, to make all learning resources for the course openly available under a license which will allow others to re-use and re-mix the work we do at Lincoln. Don’t forget to subscribe to our news feed for updates to this blog! Thank you 🙂

Outline Project Description

This project will release all educational resources used in Year 1 ‘Introductory Chemistry for Forensic Science’ students (total of 30 credits).  The course is designed to cover all the major areas of chemistry (inorganic, organic and physical).  Last year, through internal, competitive bidding, the Centre for Educational Research and Development funded the production of high quality, student-produced videos for this course, which help explain difficult concepts using a mixture of animation and live action. Due to interest from other institutions, the videos are now available under a BY-NC-SA licence. With this present bid, we wish to extend this approach to all resources for this course. In addition, by working with Siren.FM a campus-based community radio station, we will use their recording and broadcasting expertise to develop additional multimedia resources with students and apply current online broadcasting methods to the creation and delivery of these materials. All resources will be made available through our JISC-funded Institutional Repository, third-party Web 2.0 services and via a dedicated website powered by Siren.FM. By employing both students and a campus-based enterprise, we will demonstrate a sustainable and innovative approach to the development and dissemination of OERs.

Hess’s Law